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The lowdown: Last Saturday, March 7, President Barack Obama and a congressional delegation visited Selma, AL for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” – the day when Martin Luther King, Jr., Rep. John Lewis, and a community of other civil rights activists began their symbolic march to Montgomery across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and were attacked by state troopers on horseback with clubs and tear gas. President Obama paid tribute to the activists of that era with a speech, calling the nation to action in the face of continued racism and struggle; at the same time, he honored the diversity and strength of the American spirit. “We respect the past, but we don’t pine for it,” he said. “We don’t fear the future; we grab for it. America is not some fragile thing; we are large, in the words of Whitman, containing multitudes.”

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