Obama hails civil rights heroes

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Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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US president Barack Obama has paid tribute to civil rights heroes by leading a symbolic march across an Alabama river crossing made famous on America’s “Bloody Sunday”.

The event marks an incident when police beat people marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago as they protested over their lack of voting rights.

Mr Obama was joined by his teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, first lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson.

Mr Obama told marchers it was an “extraordinary honour” to participate and have his daughters with him.

He recently said he wanted them to come to Selma so he could “remind them of their own obligations” as young people.

Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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