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March 12th, 2012
08:42 PM ET

Re-creating civil rights march to highlight voter & immigration issues

Editor's note: Gustavo Valdes is a CNNE journalist who covered the reenactment of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march for his network. He turned the English language video above exclusively for In America. You can follow him @gustavocnn.   One of the focuses of the march was new voter ID laws, which will be the center of an In America documentary airing on CNN in July.

(CNN) – The six-day re-enactment of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march ended on the steps of the Alabama Capitol Friday with supporters calling to repeal voter ID laws and Alabama's HB56, a strict anti-immigration law.

This year's march, to mark the 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, focused on two main issues. One was the new voter ID laws, which organizer the Rev. Al Sharpton believes will keep many African-Americans from voting this fall.  The other focus was new state laws cracking down on illegal immigration.

This "is a resurrection of the movement across generational and racial lines and people must understand is not about one group, one race. It's about all of us," Sharpton said as he neared the end of the 54-mile journey.

The march was organized primarily by Sharpton's National Action Network with support from the NAACP, AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, National Council of La Raza and other groups.

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