By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
The history and symbolism of this date is hard to escape.
Today, an African American president stood in the White House Rose Garden and congratulated the Iraqi people on their free and democratic election. He spoke 45 years to the day after the infamous "Bloody Sunday" march in Selma, Alabama, in which 600 African Americans were beaten as they peacefully demonstrated for voting rights in the South.
We'll have complete coverage from Baghdad on the next chapter in Iraq's road to a stable government, and on the exit ramp today's vote may provide for U.S. combat troops. We will also reflect on our country's bumpy journey toward inclusion as we remember "Bloody Sunday," a turning point in the American civil rights movement.
I hope you will join me tonight for NBC Nightly News.
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