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Obama requests $50m to restore key civil rights sites

RESTORATION: President Obama

KEY CIVIL rights sites in the US could recieve $50 million for restoration under President Obama’s budget.

The president’s budget calls for new investments at a number of historic sites, including those along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

According to reports, Obama is likely to highlight the request when he visits Selma next month to mark the 50th anniversary of activist marches protesting efforts to prevent blacks from registering to vote.

Their march was recently portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Selma, starring British actor David Oyelowo .

The White House said part of the money for the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail would be for museum collections, oral histories and online access to collections.

Also in the request is money for improvements at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Arkansas and the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site in Atlanta.

The money is part of a $4 trillion budget sent by Obama to Congress on Monday (Feb 2).

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