Selma Bloody Selma

March 7, 1965 – 600 civil rights marchers were walking from Selma, Alabama to the State Capital in Montgomery as part of a voter registration and anti-intimidation movement then sweeping the south.  The march had been organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  Both groups were bravely involved in the movement.   As the marchers attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were meet by Alabama state troopers and savagely beaten and assaulted with tear gas before mounted troopers charged into the crowd.  The savagery of a state-sponsored attack was flashed around the world drawing more attention to the American civil rights movement.  Five months later President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibiting testing and poll taxes as a detriment to registering to vote.  In 1987, John Lewis, who had been badly beaten that day and still carries its scars, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and has served ever since.

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