49 years ago today, 3200 civil rights activists began the Selma-to-Montgomery march.

Here’s a song I’ve always associated with the March, even though it was recorded a bit later: Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions with “We’re a Winner.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.