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Local Civil Rights Activist Recalls Marches In Selma

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Many Black History Month events are focusing on the marches in Selma, Alabama fifty years ago that helped bring an end to segregation in the South and led to the Voting Rights Act. Massachusetts State Representative Benjamin Swan of Springfield spent about three weeks in Alabama in March 1965.  Swan, who was 21-years-old at the time, talked about the experience with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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