SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Churchgoers - including 30 members of the Kennedy family - were urged to continue the legacy of the civil rights movement during a morning mass at the historic Brown Chapel AME church in advance of a six-day march from Selma to Montgomery.
So many showed up for the Sunday morning service that hundreds had to stand outside listening to loudspeakers.
The event will commemorate the anniversary of the 1965 demonstration that became known as "Bloody Sunday" after police attacked peaceful protesters. Demonstrators plan to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday to call for the repeal of Alabama's voter ID and immigration laws.
From there, hundreds are expected to make the 50-mile march to Montgomery over the next five days, ending with a rally Friday at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dexter Avenue King Baptist Church.
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