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Justin Sellers, AP
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Organizers of a trip to Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the "Bloody Sunday" march of 1965 say they hope it's a learning experience for youth making the trek.

About five busloads of people have left Nashville for Selma, where 50 years ago police brutality on Black Sunday galvanized America's opposition to racial oppression in the South and hastened passage of historic voting rights.

The buses that departed Sunday carried civil rights leaders, lawmakers, city council members and college students. One bus is filled with youngsters from a local youth development center.

Organizers say they hope this group, some of whom are offenders, will have a different mindset after talking with actual participates in the Bloody Sunday march.