March 7, 1965
A march was organized to protest the fatal shooting of Jimmy Lee Jackson who was killed during a previous protest in the nearby town of Marion, AL. When protesters arrived at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named after a Confederate general and grand dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, they found a wall of state troopers and white onlookers on the other side.
When the protesters refused to turn back , the troopers released tear gas and attacked them with billy clubs. The media was on hand and footage from Bloody Sunday was televised around the world which helped to bring national attention to the event. Bloody Sunday and the other Selma to Montgomery marches eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- Kindig, Jessie. “Bloody Sunday Protest March, Selma, Alabama, March 7, 1965 • BlackPast.” BlackPast, 27 Mar. 2019, blackpast.org/aah/bloody-sunday-selma-alabama-march-7-1965.
- Klein, Christopher. “Remembering Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday.’” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 6 Mar. 2015, www.history.com/news/selmas-bloody-sunday-50-years-ago.
- “We Shall Overcome — Selma-to-Montgomery March.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm.
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