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March 8, 2013

March re-enactment ends in rally at Capitol

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — About 200 people carried signs and sang spiritual songs at a rally at the Alabama Capitol marking the end of a re-enactment of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

The protesters chanted old civil rights slogans, but also protested current issues. Many of the demonstrators carried signs protesting an education accountability bill that Republican lawmakers recently pushed through the Legislature.

About 5,000 people started the 50-mile trek in Selma Sunday commemorating the 48th anniversary of the attack by law enforcement officers on voting rights protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in an event known as "Bloody Sunday."

Events surrounding the anniversary began last weekend with the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma. Vice President Joe Biden and more than 20 U.S senators and representatives attended the events in Selma.

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