Residents celebrate the March for Freedom

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — On Sunday, hundreds of people in Youngstown celebrated the 50th anniversary March for freedom and the right to vote in Selma, Alabama.

Walking two by two, the Youngstown marchers silently crossed the Mahoning River along the Frank Sinkwich bridge, ending at the B&O station.

After crossing the bridge, they gathered and held hands, singing “We Shall Overcome.”

For one walker, it was a chance to connect to history.

“I was up north. So I heard about it. But I wasn’t able to participate in the march from Selma to Montgomery,” said Germaine Bennett of Youngstown.

The march, which took place in 1965, with 600 marchers, became known as “Bloody Sunday” and resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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