- Associated Press - Sunday, March 8, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Hundreds of people are marching in Tacoma, Washington, Sunday to commemorate a violent confrontation 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, between police and peaceful protesters during the civil rights movement.

Organizers say the march across the 11th Street Bridge in downtown Tacoma honors the 50th anniversary of what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

On March 7, 1965, police beat and tear-gassed marchers at the foot of the bridge in Selma in a spasm of violence that shocked the nation. The attack help build momentum for Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act later that year.

The march in Tacoma is hosted by the YWCA Pierce County and Tacoma Urban League.

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