This month marks the anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery marches in support of African American voting rights. The first march, nicknamed 'Bloody Sunday,' ended when county and state police attacked the unarmed marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, leaving Amelia Boynton unconscious. The image of her lying wounded on the bridge, coupled with the murder of activist James Reeb two days later, prompted a national outcry and led President Lyndon Johnson to urge Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
To learn more about 'Bloody Sunday' and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, try the following resources:
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