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Senator Chris Coons attended the ceremonies at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma.

The Delaware Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal this was a good chance to connect with and be inspired by a critical moment in American history.

The march ultimately led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Coons took the occasion to push his own voting rights legislation after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision requiring federal approval of voting law changes in certain states – mostly in the south.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn says the state's Justice Department is being restructured to create a new office for civil rights and public trust.
Denn announced the move Wednesday, saying the new office will protect the rights of Delaware residents, enforce laws designed to hold government accountable, and conduct investigations in which the Justice Department's other responsibilities "might present the appearance of a conflict of interest." An example of that is police use-of-force investigations.

As the nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Junior, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Goerge Merrill considers that this civil rights leader may have saved the soul of a nation.


      Services for long time civil rights leader and community activist the Rev. Maurice J. Moyer are being held today at the Saint Paul UAME Church in Wilmington.

      Moyer was pastor and founder of the Community Presbyterian Church near New Castle.

      He also was the former head of the Wilmington branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

      He died at Christiana Hospital at the age of 93.

      Moyer lived in New Castle with his wife of more than 65 years, Vivian Cleopatra.