NC NAACP president joins thousands in Selma on anniversary of march

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SELMA, ALABAMA (NBC) - North Carolina's NAACP president joined thousands of people in Selma, Alabama Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the infamous march on Selma that occurred on this day 52 years ago.

Doctor William Barber, Reverend Jesse Jackson and other civil rights activists gathered at the staging ground of the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Demonstrators re-enacted the march, where people were attacked by police officers as they tried to cross over into Montgomery in 1965.

The march is credited for building momentum for passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, but NC NAACP President Dr. William Barber says voter rights are worse now than they were then.

"We're here marching across the bridge one way while the nation is going backwards, and we can't be polite about this. We can't be casual or cavalier. We have less voting rights today than we had August 6, 1965. We've had more voter suppression in recent years than we've seen since Jim Crowe," he said.

The NC NAACP has criticized state lawmakers in recent months for passing gerrymandered districts and a voter ID law.