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A Better Mid-South: 'Selma to Montgomery' marches

Editorial written by WMC Action News 5 General Manager Tracey Rogers:

As we recognize the 50th anniversary of "Selma to Montgomery" marches, we reflect on the role the Mid-South, particularly Memphis, played in the Civil Rights Movement.

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has defined the history of our community.

The three "Selma to Montgomery" marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement that led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act.

It's hard to imagine that Americans were denied the right to vote because of the color of their skin.

Much of the credit for ending that voter discrimination goes to the men and women who were willing to march, to protest, to sacrifice.

This anniversary is an important reminder of the sacrifices that were made for the right to vote. Let's not allow those sacrifices to be in vain.

We should all exercise that important American right and vote every chance to make this a Better Mid-South and a better country.

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