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Thousands gather in Selma to mark 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

The first stop on the Civil rights bus tour was Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) The first stop on the Civil rights bus tour was Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
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Friday night, thousands of people began to gather in Selma, Alabama to mark Saturday's 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday".

Geraldine Harris started her Friday at Southland mall, loading a charter bus bound for Selma.

"The back of the bus. I remember it very well," said Harris.

From sitting on the back of the bus, to drinking from colored fountains, Memphians getting a glance of civil rights history and the struggles many African Americans endured all over during the Civil rights movement.

The first stop on the Civil rights bus tour was Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. There, the group was able to see how different things were back in 1953. A white classroom - nice desks, nice books, well lit. Not far away was a model of a black classroom; dark, bad desks, black chalkboard.

"It's a great experience just to be here," said 13-year-old Janet Robinson.

Many say it was very powerful day and there is still much more to come. President Barack Obama and the First Lady will be in Selma on Saturday. WMC's Jerry Askin will be there and bring you the very latest.

You can follow Jerry on Twitter at @JerryAskinWMC, or click here to view his live blog.

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