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    Obama: Selma marchers gave courage to millions, inspired more change

    By Slma Shelbayah and Moni Basu, CNN
    In a passionate speech about racial progress in America, President Barack Obama on Saturday told thousands of people who gathered here to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" that "our march is not yet finished. But we are getting closer."


  • Slma Shelbayah is an Assignment Editor/Producer for CNN Newsource and Writer for CNN Digital News. Based in Atlanta, she has worked across many platforms, including the CNN International Desk and the CNN.com Homepage Video, covering both national and international news stories including the Arab Spring, Malaysia Airlines MH370 Crash, 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and most recently the disastrous earthquake in Nepal. Shelbayah holds a Master of Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University and is also an adjunct professor of Business and Mass Communication at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She enjoys storytelling, teaching, traveling, photography, cooking and spending the best of times with her two daughters.