Selma-to-Montgomery re-enactment march to arrive at Capitol

AP News
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 10:37 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group retracing the steps of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March is set to arrive at the Alabama Capitol.

Marchers will hold a voting rights rally on the Capitol steps Friday afternoon. Marchers departed Selma on Monday for the 54-mile walk.

The march comes after the nation marked the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, in which civil rights demonstrators were attacked by law enforcement on the city's Edmund Pettus Bridge. Televised images galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Participants in the anniversary march have called for a restoration of the Voting Rights Act requirement that states with histories of minority voter suppression get federal permission before changing voting laws.

Martin Luther King III, son of the famed civil rights leader, will walk the march's final leg.