With the failure of Freedom Summer, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) decided to make Selma, Alabama their focus for their voter registration campeign.
In response to the death of young African American protestor during one of the marches. King and the SCLC regrouped and planned one of their largest protests from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. What they were faced with was brutal abuse.
"...We will never know, now, because of the hasty swinging of clubs and lashes, the hurried use of tear gas, the angry pursuit by mounted possemen that portrayed Alabama as the home of Cossacks and head-crackers unable to cope with a situation like this without losing control. Those who planned this march did not act wisely, but proud and decent Alabamians cannot endorse the reckless brute force used against it Sunday..." The Selma Times-Journal, March 11 1965
2014 marked fifty years since this historic event. To think this kind of discrimination happened a little more than half a century ago!