Written by Andrea Martin. Media by Garrett Streeter.[divide]
The Selma to Montgomery march will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, which took place back in 1965 from March 7 to March 25.
The march began at Selma, Alabama and was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and 600 other civil rights activists. On that “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, the group traveled east out of the city on U.S. Route 80 and only made it to the Edmund Pettus Bridge where they were met by state and local lawmen. The group was ordered to disperse, and when the protestors stood their ground the troopers charged at them.
The New York Times wrote about the attack on March 8, 1965, saying, “The first 10 or 20 Negroes were swept to the ground screaming, arms and legs flying and packs and bags went skittering across the grassy divider strip and on to the pavement on both sides. Those still on their feet retreated. The troopers continued pushing, using both the force of their bodies and the prodding of their nightsticks.”
The march was a display of unification of black Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote, and was also a response to the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson who was shot at point-blank range after participating in a peaceful demonstration in Marion. The killing ca