‘Selma sowed, but it did not reap’; anniversary puts spotlight on deep poverty

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A woman walks along downtown carrying an American flag as she waits for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday during a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tami Chappell *Editors: This photo can only be republished with RNS-SELMA-POVERTY, originally transmitted on March 9, 2015.

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SELMA, Ala. (RNS) In many ways time has stood still in this community of 20,000 that was at the center of the push that culminated with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.