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    We’d like your help in improving the usefulness of the Omnigraphics’ history series Defining Moments, especially for Advanced Placement United States history classes.

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    Posted: March 3, 2015

  • Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. In 1965, white segregationists in many areas of the south used any means necessary to prevent blacks from voting. In response, leaders in the civil rights movement targeted Selma, Alabama, for several protests to fight the suppression of voting rights. As part of the protests, they planned a 50-mile, 4-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. On March 7, 1965, the Reverend Hosea Williams led 600 peaceful protesters through Selma to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. There, they met about 200 state troopers and other police officers who ordered the marchers to turn around. When they didn’t leave, the troopers, some on horseback, attacked the protesters with tear gas and billy clubs. Television networks broadcast the brutal assault, which shocked and outraged the nation. The march became known as Bloody Sunday.

    After a second attempt at the march, Martin Luther King, Jr., set off with 3,000 demonstrators on March 21, 1965, to march from Selma to Montgomery to demand legal protection for voting rights. In this third attempt, marchers were escorted by U.S. Army, FBI, and National Guard troops, as they walked more than 12 miles a day and slept in fields at night. When the procession finally reached Montgomery on March 25th, King stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol and delivered his famous “How long? Not long” speech to a crowd that had soared to 25,000.

    free resource button small  Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March This chapter from Defining Moments: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 describes the events leading up to Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery March.

    Additional information about the events before and after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, including biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: The Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    Posted: March 1, 2015