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Bloody Tuesday march completed in Tuscaloosa 50 years later

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Hundreds complete the Bloody Tuesday march in Tuscaloosa, 50 years after dozens were beaten and arrested while marching for civil rights. Hundreds complete the Bloody Tuesday march in Tuscaloosa, 50 years after dozens were beaten and arrested while marching for civil rights.
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TUSCALOOSA, AL -

Hundreds in Tuscaloosa came to finish a goal set fifty years ago this week.

Bloody Tuesday is what June 9, 1964 is known as in Tuscaloosa. A group of African Americans and civil rights supporters marched from First African Baptist Church to the County Courthouse to demand equal rights. They never made it. Marchers were beaten and arrested.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 some of those same people gathered to commemorate those events and complete the march to the courthouse.

Danny Steele was 14 years old when he attempted to march from the church to the county courthouse. But this time he said things are very different.

“It's very amazing, 50 years ago the police were beating us and today they're going to escort us. So that's a milestone,” he said.

Before the crowd embarked on their journey they gathered for a brief service to inspire their march.

They sang. “Ain't gonna let Jim Crow turn me 'round. Turn me 'round. No he won't.”

Organizers of the commemoration events said that they hope the three-block march brings awareness and educates younger generations about their past.

Maxie Thomas tried to march 50 years ago. He was beaten and arrested back then.

“The struggle still goes on. And i'm here today to encourage the young people that it is not over yet," he said.

While they marched the group chanted, “Keep on walking. Keep on talking. Marching out to freedom lane.”

“This is for my grandparents, great-grands and this is for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren of this generation," said marcher Victory Thomas.

As they reach the steps that took fifty years to get to, the group remains encouraged about the progress made.

The marchers concluded by singing, “This little light of mine, well I'm going let it shine.”

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