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  1. Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary: Weeklong march begins MondayRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    A march commemorating the historic "Bloody Sunday" demonstration was set to begin Monday afternoon after several speakers at the 50th anniversary commemoration pushed visitors to fight to restore the Voting Rights Act. As thousands marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Sunday, some of the demonstrators who were attacked by law enforcement there 50 years ago said they fear the country is becoming a place where widespread minority voter suppression is once again tolerated.

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  2. Next Obama history lesson: Lincoln's 2nd inaugural addressRead the original story

    Mar 8, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    They visited the Library of Congress on Sunday, where, according to the White House, they glimpsed the original manuscript of President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address. It's on display to mark the 150th anniversary of the speech.

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  3. Selma 50thRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    US President Barack Obama and the first family will visit Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when civil rights marchers attempting to walk to the Alabama capital of Montgomery to end voting discrimination against African Americans clashed with police.

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  4. Obama signs law honoring civil rights marchersRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    Participants in three civil rights marches a half century ago are being recognized with Congressional Gold Medals, the highest honor awarded by Congress. President Barack Obama signed legislation awarding the medals into law Saturday as he flew to Selma, Alabama, for commemorations of the Black Sunday protest march of March 7, 1965.

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  5. Obama arrives in Selma to kick off weekend of commemorationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    President Barack Obama has arrived in Selma, Alabama, to join many others in the riverside town for weekend commemorations of the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. It was 50 years ago when the police brutality on Black Sunday galvanized America's opposition to racial oppression in the South and hastened passage of historic voting rights.

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  6. Obama to join 'Bloody Sunday' anniversary in SelmaRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 6, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    President Barack Obama , first lady Michelle Obama and about 100 members of Congress are converging on Selma, Alabama, on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of a landmark event of the civil rights movement. Obama will speak in the riverside town to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the day in 1965 when police attacked marchers demonstrating for voting rights .

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  7. 50 years after Selma, Biden ties gay rights to civil rightsRead the original story

    Mar 6, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    Vice President Joe Biden says the same human rights that African Americans fought for in Selma, Alabama, are at stake for gay rights activists today. Biden is drawing parallels between the civil rights and gay rights movements in a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.

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  8. Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police dept not isolatedRead the original story

    Mar 6, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today's civil rights movement. Obama said improving civil rights and civil liberties with police is one of the areas that "requires collective action and mobilization" 50 years after pivotal civil rights marches brought change to the country.

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  9. Selma's 50th anniversary brings comparisons to FergusonRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 5, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience. The images were televised and captured in photographs: Police tear-gassed kneeling protesters, clubbed them and attacked them on horseback behind a civilian posse on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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  10. LBJ linked Latinos, civil rights in 'Selma' speechRead the original story

    Mar 5, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    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." While this week's commemorations of the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" may invoke memories of historic events in which the "real hero," as Johnson said, was "the American Negro," little is said about Johnson's call in that speech to include Mexican-Americans in the struggle for equality.

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  11. Obama to focus on civil rights struggles past and presentRead the original story

    Mar 2, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    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 stirring moments, and will refocus on last year's fatal shooting by a white police officer of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. Recommendations were expected Monday from the president's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, appointed after Michael Brown's death in August.

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  12. Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and presentRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 24, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    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 stirring moments, and will refocus on last year's fatal shooting by a white police officer of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. Recommendations were expected Monday from the president's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, appointed after Michael Brown's death in August.

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  13. Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visitRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 26, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls "the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life." The president said his family, including daughters Sasha and Malia will visit Selma, Alabama next week to honor the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state.

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  14. No surprise, Neil Patrick Harris brought sparkle to OscarsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Neil Patrick Harris presents his Oscar predictions at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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  15. Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issuesRead the original story

    Feb 22, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy's choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for "Selma." But while there were plenty of references to racial justice during the ceremony - drawing tears from the movie's David Oyelowo at one point - issues mentioned in acceptance speeches ranged from suicide to Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease to wage equality for women.

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  16. House votes to honor 1965's Selma marchers with gold medalRead the original story

    Feb 11, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    The House has voted unanimously to create a Congressional Gold Medal to honor those who endured police violence as they marched for civil rights 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama. The House voted 420-0 to honor the mostly black "foot soldiers" who tried to march from Selma to Montgomery to demand voting rights in March 1965.

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  17. MLK's legacy honored with tributes, rallies around nationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    In this March 7, 1965 file photo, tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, Ala., on what is known as Bloody Sunday. A new march, led by Martin Luther King Jr., began March 21 and arrived in Montgomery on March 25, with the crowd swelling to 25,000 by the time they reached the Capitol.

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  18. MLK's legacy honored with tributes, rallies around nationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    In this March 7, 1965 file photo, tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, Ala., on what is known as Bloody Sunday. A new march, led by Martin Luther King Jr., began March 21 and arrived in Montgomery on March 25, with the crowd swelling to 25,000 by the time they reached the Capitol.

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  19. Faith, community leaders gather in Atlanta to celebrate MLKRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    Director Ava DeVernay and Common stop for an interview during a red carpet screening of the movie Selma as part of Martin Luther King Day celebrations in Selma, Ala., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. DeVernay's film depicted the events surrounding Dr. Kings leadership and the march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the Voting Rights Acts passage in Congress.

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  20. MLK holiday: 'Selma' stars including Oprah march in AlabamaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2015 | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    Director Ava DeVernay and Common stop for an interview during a red carpet screening of the movie Selma as part of Martin Luther King Day celebrations in Selma, Ala., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. DeVernay's film depicted the events surrounding Dr. Kings leadership and the march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the Voting Rights Acts passage in Congress.

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