Equal Rights Marching from selma to montgomery for equal rights in 1965

On March 7 of 1965, in Selma, Alabama, John Lewis and about 600 others approached the Edmund Pettus Bridge. They were marching from Selma to Montgomery to protest for the right for African-Americans to vote. However, George Wallace ordered about 200 state troopers/police to make sure that they didn't reach Montgomery. As John Lewis refused to turn back, the police fired tear gas into the crowd and beat them with batons, John Lewis was beaten seconds later.

John Lewis is beaten

"Showdown In Selma"

On March 7, 1965, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, John Lewis and about 600 other people were marching for the right to vote. However, on the other side, about 200 police/state troopers were yelling at them to turn back. John Lewis said "I was prepared to die on that bridge in Alabama, if necessary.". They planned to walk about 50 miles to Montgomery. The marchers refused to turn back, so the police beat them and shot tear gas into the crowd. This event was known as "Bloody Sunday" and was a huge point in the civil rights movement. As people watched, they got angry and went to Selma to protest too. 8 days later on the 15th, Lyndon Johnson, the current president prodded people to protest on TV. Later, on the 20th, MLK, John Lewis and others marched once more. About 2000 U.S army troops were there to protect them. After the protest, Lyndon Johnson signed the act into law, which allowed African-Americans to vote.

People getting beaten

"Marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965"

The Army, National Guard, State Troopers and Justice Department walked alongside the African-Americans as they marched the 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery. This was their second march after the first resulted in John Lewis and about 600 others being beaten by batons and poisoned by tear gas. Now, John Lewis, MLK and about 3,000 including the above and many Americans. However, judges lowered the march from 3,000 to 300 people. They camped in muddy sites and sang freedom songs. Soon after the protest, the first Negro was registered as a voter.

MLK and others march again


Comparing both articles, I found that "Showdown in Selma" was a secondary source while "Marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965" was a primary source. I know this because in "Marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965" the article says "Last Week..." and had a lot more quotes. Also, "Showdown in Selma" focuses on "Bloody Sunday" and the after-affects, however "Marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965" focuses on the 2nd march, the one after "Bloody Sunday".

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