March re-enactment ends in rally at Ala. Capitol

AP News
Posted: Mar 08, 2013 10:32 PM
March re-enactment ends in rally at Ala. 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 marchers chanted civil rights slogans, but also protested about current issues. Many carried signs protesting an education accountability bill that Republican lawmakers recently pushed through the Alabama Legislature.

About 5,000 people started the 50-mile trek in Selma on Sunday commemorating the 48th anniversary of the attack by law enforcement officers on voting rights demonstrators 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.