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Thousands Flood The Streets Of Selma To Honor Landmark Anniversary Of March

03/07/2015 01:38 pm ET | Updated Mar 07, 2015

The streets of Selma, Alabama, were packed on Saturday with thousands of people who traveled to the small town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic march for voting rights.

Large crowds gathered around the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which marks the location where local activists, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were attacked by police on March 7, 1965. Officers used tear gas and billy cubs to subdue the marchers, and the day later came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."

President Barack Obama is expected to deliver remarks on Saturday, reflecting on the landmark civil rights march and its significance today.

The town will also host a series of events honoring the anniversary. Meanwhile, thousands of citizens, civil rights activists and politicians -- from as far as California -- have poured into the city to commemorate the anniversary.

Check out the massive crowds gathered in Selma this weekend in the photos below:

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    People wait to hear President Barack Obama speak in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 2015, in Selma, Alabama.
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    Police watch over a crowd on Broad Street before an event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
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    People wait in line to attend an anniversary event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
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    Reverend C. T. Vivian (C) arrives for an event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
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    People listen as US President Barack Obama speaks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.
  • Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
    People wait in line to attend an anniversary event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
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    Police officers block Broad Street near the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
  • Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
    People wait in line to attend an anniversary event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
  • Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
    People wait in line to attend an anniversary event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
  • Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
    People wait in line to attend an anniversary event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
  • Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
    People wait to hear President Barack Obama speak in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
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    People attend an event marking the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 2015.
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    A crowd looks on as U.S. president Barack Obama speaks in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 2015 in Selma, Alabama
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