‘Bloody Sunday’ altered history of a horrified nation

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Participants, some carrying American flags, march in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

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(RNS) Images of that day 50 years ago, when law enforcement officers beat back peaceful civil rights marchers trying to cross Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge, provided the catalyst for passage of the Voting Rights Act.