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Montgomery and Selma are famous for their roles in civil rights history. The Selma to Montgomery march helped spark the passing of the voting rights act.

But 40 years after the fact, the fight for permanent voting rights isn't over. You can still hear the conviction and sadness in their voices.  A civil rights activist says,"If that was my time to die, I was ready to go."

It wasn't that long ago that scenes like this played out in the streets and neighborhoods where you live and work today. A civil rights activist says, " I saw blood flowing..." and Wednesday morning several of the people who were there 40 years ago came together again to tell what it was like. Witness, Robert Latson, says, "I was frightened and angry because it's coming up again." In 2007, the legislation that these people marched, bled and some died for could be null and void.

Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright says, "It's unconscionable as natural as breathing day to day." The Court TV Network and National Public Radio got this group together. It's a chance to spotlight the award-winning documentary, "Home of The Brave."  It chronicles the stories of the voting rights movement with the spotlight on Viola Luizzo, a white woman who was brutally murdered a week after coming to Selma to help fight for the right to vote.  Three suspected klansmen were convicted. A reporter says, "I reported in the south and Vietnam and I was twice as scared in the south as I was in Vietnam."

And in less than two years that voting legislation will be up for debate again. So leaders here want to do more than remember. Rep. John Knight of Montgomery says, "Let's also take up the charge in this state and nation." Court TV's award-winning documentary "Home of the Brave" airs Monday night at 8pm.

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