Selma rights The historic march for African american voting rights..


On March 7th, 1965, a march from Selma to Montgomery took place for negro voting rights. 300-3,000 people, including whites, camped in ghetto-like homes to show the extreme housing conditions the place had.


On March 7th, 1965, some civil rights leaders organized a 50-mile march along highway 80 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. It was supposed to be a peaceful march, but soldiers of the Governor, George Wallace, showed up when the crowd of 600 tried to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge. They beat the marchers and used tear gas to stop the crowd. People all over the country were outraged because of the event. When they finally marched again, the President ordered army troops to defend the state's response.

Edmund Pettus bridge in selma, alabama during bloody sunday

SUMMARY FOR "Marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965"

On March 20th, 1965 marchers had a second try at success. This time, 2,000 army troops were surrounding the 3,000 some people on there way to Montgomery. The people who came down from the north saw how impoverished the south was as they camped in shelters. When they finally got to Montgomery, they could vote!

Martin luther king jr.


While "Showdown in Selma" Said there were 600 marchers, the other said there was 300 marchers. "Showdown in Selma" Covered all of the event, while the other covered only the march. "Showdown in Selma" said nothing about the camps. Even though there are many differences, they both talked about the same event, and both said the had the army protecting the marchers.

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