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Bloody Sunday plans, defining pandemics, teacher dilemmas: News from around our 50 states

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The casket of Rep. John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge by horse-drawn carriage during a memorial service July 26 in Selma, Ala.

Selma: This year’s commemoration of a pivotal moment in the fight for voting rights for African Americans will honor four giants of the civil rights movement who lost their lives in 2020, including the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Organizers on Monday announced plans for the March 7 celebration that is being conducted differently this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rev. Joseph Lowery, C.T. Vivian, attorney Bruce Boynton and Lewis will be honored during the 56th annual commemoration of Bloody Sunday, the day in 1965 when civil rights marchers were brutally beaten on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. The Martin & Coretta King Unity Breakfast will be held as a drive-in, and people will remain in their cars while speakers will address the crowd from a stage. There will then be a “slow drive” across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and wreaths will be placed honoring the four, former state Sen. Hank Sanders said. Sanders said the pandemic did not allow the four to have large funerals with the exception of Lewis, who was honored with events in Georgia, Alabama and Washington, D.C. The former Georgia congressman was beaten during Bloody Sunday. While much of the annual Bridge Crossing celebration will be virtual this year, Sanders said organizers wanted to have events that people could safely attend.

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