- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is taking up a resolution to honor the 50th anniversary of the march for black voting rights in Selma, Alabama.

The panel says it will act on the resolution at a meeting Wednesday.

It was 50 years ago that Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference began a series of marches to an Alabama courthouse as part of a push for black voting rights. In response to the shooting of a protester killed by an Alabama state trooper, King and his group planned March 7 match from Selma to the capital of Montgomery.

Gary Collins, chairman of the state human rights commission, says 90 people from Connecticut took a chartered plane to Selma on March 18, 1965, to support the civil rights march.

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