Thousands travel to Alabama to observe the 1965 Selma-Montgomery Marches
On March 4th, Al Sharpton (top) addressed participants at the 47th Annual Commemoration of The 1965 Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March. Attendees cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge (bottom) where on March 7, 1965 over 600 marchers were attacked by state and local law enforcement with clubs and tear gas; Additionally, mounted troopers charged the crowd on horseback. Televised images of the massive attack showcased horrifying images of marchers left bloodied – thus the nickname “Bloody Sunday.” Seventeen individuals were hospitalized due to the attacks, but this demonstration helped spark support for the U.S. civil rights movement.
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