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Watch live: President Obama speaks in Selma

As a new-generation’s struggle over race in America flares up, President Barack Obama and other various political figures head to Selma, Alabama to reflect on one of the most infamous and searing memories of the civil-rights era.

Fifty years has passed since peaceful protesters trying to cross a bridge were beaten by police officers with billy clubs, shocking the nation and catalyzing passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The anniversary comes on the heels of a Department of Justice report declaring the police department of Ferguson, Missouri to be a hotbed of racially-motivated oppression and blamed the police for creating a powder keg of tension set off by the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Watch President Obama’s remarks below at 2:30pm EST:

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