March on Selma By: Jade Hallin

March 7, 1965: Bloody Sunday

The first attempt of nonviolent protesting was in Selma, Alabama on March 7th, 1965, also known as "Bloody Sunday." The protest was lead by SCLC's (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) Hosea Williams and SNCC's (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) Chairman John Lewis. They and over 500 people marched from Brown Chapel to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, approaching Montgomery, along Highway 80. When the marchers went towards the bridge, they were ordered to stop by law enforcement. The marchers continued and were attacked with whips, billy clubs, tear gas and more. Several were injured marking this day "Bloody Sunday"; it was only the first of the marches on Selma.

Second March on Selma (March 9, 1965)

The second attempt of nonviolent protesting was on March 9th, 1965, it was a Tuesday. Federal and local officials conferred with Martin Luther King Jr. and promised to allowed the marchers to pass. The march was creased without moving to Montgomery. Many were confused on to why the march concluded without continuing on to Montgomery. They thought they would march to the capital, but instead were turned around without explanation.

Overall the reason for the two marches on Selma were to register African American voters in the South. These people marched through the horrific violence from the police as well as other bystanders, but they pushed through and made it out victorious. The Civil Rights Movement concluded with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, allowing equal rights and voting rights to the African American people. This movement now relates to the problems we currently are having involving the LGBT community and the "Black Lives Matter" protesting. People support and oppose these movements just like the Civil Rights Movement and their troubles throughout the process.

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