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Selma-to-Montgomery "Bloody Sunday" - Video Compilation

About 600 civil-rights marchers made their way across Route 80, in Selma, on the 7th of March, 1965.  It was a Sunday and the non-violent demonstrators were planning to march about 50 miles to Montgomery - Alabama's capital city - to protest the shooting of a young black man by a white state trooper.

When they reached Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge - about six blocks from their starting point - the marchers were greeted by a line of lawmen who refused to let them pass. 

Instead of turning-back the demonstrators, the police - using billy clubs and tear gas - attacked them.  The event became known as "Bloody Sunday."

Two days later, on the 9th of March, protestors tried to walk to Montgomery again.  This time they were led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Once again, as they made their way along Route 80, the peaceful marchers were met by waiting lawmen.  They knelt to pray, then turned around and left the bridge without crossing it.

People across the country, who saw the events on national television, were outraged by the treatment which the marchers were receiving.  Jackie Robinson, who broke "the color line" of major-league baseball, sent a telegram to President Johnson:

IMPORTANT YOU TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IN ALABAMA    ONE MORE DAY OF SAVAGE TREATMENT BY LEGALIZED HATCHET MEN COULD LEAD TO OPEN WARFARE BY AROUSED NEGROES    AMERICA CANNOT AFFORD THIS IN 1965   JACKIE ROBINSON

This video clip is a compilation of historical footage depicting the events of March 7 ("Bloody Sunday"), March 9 (when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led another unsuccessful attempt to cross the bridge) and March 21 (after Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. issued an order allowing the march to continue).

See, also:

Story behind the film "Selma"

Civil Rights - Selma to Montomgery - March 21, 1965 

Civil Rights - Selma to Montgomery, Part 2


Media Credits

Compilation of historical footage, by Universal Newsreels, online courtesy U.S. National Archives.

 

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