published Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Alabama protesters to kick off 6-day march to Montgomery

SELMA, Ala. — Demonstrators will begin a six-day march from Selma to Montgomery to call for the repeal of Alabama’s voter ID and immigration laws.

With gospel music blaring, vendors set up carts selling T-shirts and barbecue Sunday in preparation for the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of a 1965 demonstration that became known as “Bloody Sunday” after police attacked peaceful protesters.

From there, hundreds are expected to make the 50-mile march to Montgomery over the next five days, ending with a rally Friday at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dexter Avenue King Baptist Church.

The 1965 march led to the Voting Rights Act, which banned discrimination at the polls. Demonstrators hope to use the spirit of the march to protest laws they see as restrictive to voting.

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