President Barack Obama to Give Speech Marking ‘Bloody Sunday’

TIME

President Barack Obama is set to give a speech Saturday afternoon marking the 50 years that have passed since a violent attack on protesters by police in Selma, Ala., that became known as “Bloody Sunday” and set into motion the passage of increased voting rights for African-Americans.

The speech will provide the nation’s first black president an opportunity to reflect publicly on the efforts of many throughout history who made his presidency a reality. It also arrives amid a series of present-day challenges that have forced Americans to confront how far the country has progressed since that confrontation between marchers and police officers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge a half century ago.

This week, a Justice Department report revealed deep prejudices among police officers in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer last year. Throughout the past year, the names of young black…

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