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Two Minute Warning, shows marchers facing a line of state troopers in Selma moments before police beat the protestors on March 7, 1965. The day became known as Bloody Sunday.

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It was a critical moment in the struggle for civil rights: the March 7, 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama.

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will gather to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic event.

It conjures all the painful memories of the day police savagely beat demonstrators trying to march to Montgomery in support of voting rights.

John Lewis and Hosea Williams led approximately 600 people on that march when Alabama state troopers and deputies, some riding on horseback, met the marchers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

When the determined and disenfranchised refused to disperse at their command, they were driven back with billy clubs and tear gas, leaving 16 hospitalized and at least 50 others wounded.

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