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Kamala Harris to Mark ‘Bloody Sunday’ Anniversary in Selma

A horse drawn carriage carrying the body of John Lewis, in Selma, 2020. 

A horse drawn carriage carrying the body of John Lewis, in Selma, 2020. 

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Selma, Ala. (AP) -- Vice President Kamala Harris visited Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate a defining moment in the fight for equal voting rights, even as congressional efforts to restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act have faltered.

Under a blazing blue sky, Harris linked arms with rank-and-file activists from the civil rights movement and led thousands across the bridge where, on March 7, 1965, white state troopers attacked Black voting rights marchers attempting to cross. The images of violence at the Edmund Pettus Bridge — originally named for a Confederate general — shocked the nation and helped galvanize support for passage of the Voting Rights Act.