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Woman remembers Bloody Sunday, Civil Rights struggle

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Theresa Burroughs can tell you everything that happened back in 1965.

"45 years ago, we marched across that bridge, and I ain't tired yet," she said.

Burroughs made the march from Selma to Montgomery herself.

"People would come by in their cars and throw everything on us. Water, urine, bricks, bats, everything on us.  But we just kept on walking," Burroughs said.

A generation later, thousands of people made the pilgrimage to Selma to honor the memory of "Bloody Sunday" and the march for voting rights.

"It feels very good to come back to Selma. Especially to be here for the 45th anniversary of the attempted march," said Representative John Lewis, who was also in Selma in 1965.

Starting where it all began 45 years ago, politicians, civil rights icons--even movie stars--came to Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to show their support.

"The significance is we've come a long way. We have a black president now, but now we have to continue the drive," said actor Terrence Howard.

Don't forget everyone else. Thousands of sons and daughters made the journey to relive history.

"People like me come for the purpose.  To be able to walk in the footsteps of the people that were before us," said Birmingham resident Jamesyne Nelson.

"That makes me feel very proud that we've done this.  To make it better for them," Burroughs said.

"I would hope that they look back at the past and learn about it, because if you don't learn about it, you're bound to repeat it."

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