‘Bloody Sunday’

‘Bloody Sunday’

Hoping to promote equal voting rights, civil rights leaders John Lewis and the Rev. Hosea Williams lead more than 500 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge (named for a Confederate general) in Selma, Ala., en route to the state capital of Montgomery. Awaiting them on the other side of the bridge are Alabama state troopers on horseback, who proceed to attack them with billy clubs and tear gas; Lewis, the future congressman, is hospitalized with a fractured skull. The events are captured on television and broadcast to a horrified national audience. Demonstrations follow in 80 U.S. cities to protest the “Bloody Sunday” beatings, and hundreds of people begin streaming into Selma to march anew.15

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