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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • Reporter hopes to ask Obama about race

    Bill Plante was 27 when he covered the Selma marches for CBS 50 years ago. Plante is now 77 and has returned to Selma for CBS. He also will interview President Barack Obama on Saturday in Selma about the marches that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. ...
  • Injustice is resilient, but so are defenders of freedom

    Injustice is resilient, but so are defenders of freedom
    First, they sang "God Will Take Care of You." Then they walked out of Brown Chapel to a playground where they organized themselves into 24 groups of 25 each and set out marching. Their route out of Selma took them onto Highway 80, which is carried...
  • Lawmakers, Obama, civil rights leaders to honor Selma's 'Bloody Sunday' this weekend

    WASHINGTON Nearly one-fifth of Congress will be in Selma, Ala., this weekend with President Barack Obama and his family to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" march a watershed moment that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act....
  • Carl P. Leubsdorf: LBJ was a hero of Selma, too

    President Barack Obama will commemorate some real heroes this weekend in Selma, Ala. the African-American citizens and their white supporters who risked life and limb a half-century ago to achieve their constitutional right to vote. And as Georgia Rep....
  • LBJ linked Latinos, civil rights in 'Selma' speech

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked a joint session of Congress to respond to the brutal beatings of protesters in Selma, Alabama, by passing a federal Voting Rights Act that would "open the city of hope to all people of all races."...
  • Congress clears bill to award gold medal to Selma marchers

    Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to those who participated in the historic Selma civil rights protest 50 years ago, enduring police violence as they peacefully marched for the right to vote. The...
  • Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

    For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present. The nation's first black president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of one of the movement's...
  • This is today's Selma

    SELMA, Ala. There's "Selma" the movie, a powerful testament to the Civil Rights Era. And there's Selma the city, where vacant storefronts abound on Broad Street, the main thoroughfare leading to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. "No one's going to care about...
  • Robert H. Mayer: Police killing a black man sparked Selma marches in 1965

    Robert H. Mayer: Police killing a black man sparked Selma marches in 1965
    Fifty years ago the African-American community in Selma, Ala., marched and demanded the right to vote. In 1965 this right was denied to most blacks in Alabama. When the community of people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to Montgomery, state...
  • How Abraham Lincoln said that black lives matter

    How Abraham Lincoln said that black lives matter
    A decade and a half into the 21st century, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is under fire, and white-on-black violence brings the cry that black lives matter. As we approach the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln, we would do well to...
  • A tribute to Notre Dame's Father Ted Hesburgh

    A tribute to Notre Dame's Father Ted Hesburgh
    It was October 1965. My friend David White, an Irish Catholic kid from Boston, and I, a black Catholic kid from many places, were having one of those earnest, post-midnight conversations that college kids have — I hope they still do — about...