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Northern District of Ohio

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dettelbach to Lead Delegation of U.S. Attorneys to Selma to Commemorate "Bloody Sunday"

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach will lead a delegation of 25 U.S. Attorneys from across the country to Selma, Ala., this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" march and discuss the state of civil rights in America.

"This weekend we will all remember that freedom is not cheap," Dettelbach said. "That the rights we cherish were paid for with the tears, the sweat and even the blood of brave men and women who came before us and fought for them in places like a bridge in Selma, Alabama.  As we continue the struggle to keep those rights, and extend them to every person in this country, it is important that we remember that we owe it both to our past and the future to never give up."

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and the Selma-to-Montgomery march in support of passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Dettelbach chairs the Attorney General's Advisory Committee's Civil Rights subcommittee. This weekend's events will include a speech from President Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Dettelbach will also be involved in discussions about police-community relations, marriage equality, voting rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act and enforcement of other civil rights.

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Updated March 16, 2015