SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Bloody Sunday commemoration continues today with a series of events in Selma before a group retraces the steps that helped secure equal voting rights 50 years ago.

Thousands gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge Saturday to hear speeches from leaders including President Barack Obama and Democratic Georgia Rep. John Lewis — an Alabama native who was among the demonstrators that was attacked by law enforcement on a march for equal voting rights.

Both gave rousing speeches on the work left to be done to achieve equality and Obama touched on improvements in race relations since the civil rights era.

A march from Selma to commemorate the journey that demonstrators took in 1965 is scheduled to begin Monday morning and culminate with a rally at the Alabama state Capitol Friday afternoon.

President Barack Obama spoke at an event yesterday.

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