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Daughters of Martin Luther King Jr. and Alabama Gov. George Wallace reunite for historic march

By Marty Swant


(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The daughters of Martin Luther King Jr. and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace are joining to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

Bernice King will read a speech by her father as a re-enactment of the more than 50-mile march ends Wednesday at the state capitol.

Peggy Wallace Kennedy will also speak about the day thousands of marchers arrived at the Capitol in 1965. Her father was a segregationist who opposed civil rights in the 1960s but later apologized.

Commemorations began earlier this month in Selma with an appearance by President Barack Obama and tens of thousands of people walking across the city’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.

The final, 3-mile stretch of the march to the Capitol will begin in west Montgomery

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