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Celebrating civil rights milestones: Entertainer Bill Cosby, Birmingham Mayor and Miles College president on keeping the memories alive

This year marks the anniversary of several milestone moments in the civil rights movement. Yesterday, a group of civil rights leaders and elected officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, re-enacted the 1965 march across the bridge in Selma, Alabama where police beat and gassed the marchers during a non-violent protest.

Birmingham, Ala. this year is marking a half century since the major civil events of 1963, which included the imprisonment of Martin Luther King Jr., the children's crusade protest, the horrific murder of four young girls and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

On "Starting Point" this morning, three organizers of this year's commemorative events talk with Soledad O'Brien talk about the importance of remembering these important moments. Author, entertainer and philanthropist Bill Cosby, Birmingham, Ala. mayor William Bell and Miles College president George French explain why keeping the history alive is so important. They also weigh in on the arguments against the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court.