In early March of 1965, when Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot by an Alabama state trooper, protesters attempted to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery. The march was to register black voters in the south They were faced with violent resistance by police. The violence was broadcasted on live television. Later on they were under the protection of national guard troops and achieved their goal and walked all the way to Montgomery.
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Goals of the March
The march was organized to try to help to register black in the south to vote. The SLLC made Selma, Alabama the focus of voter registration efforts of african americans in Alabama
Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent protestors to the state capitol of Montgomery, Alabama. The Student Nonviolent Coordination committee (SNCC) and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were also campaigning for equal rights in voting. Local african americans and young activists along with Martin Luther King JR. and the SNCC and SCLC walked and were struck with violence during the peaceful march
Soon after the march African Americans were allowed to register to vote and but more than 50 protesters were injured in the attacks from police. Even after the march they still would get attacked by members of the Klu Klux Klan. People from the walks who were injured still suffer from injuries today like recovering after broken limbs and burns. Every year many people walk the same trail that many people took. They walk the same trail many people lost their lives and got injured on.