The Selma March

The Selma March

The third attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, which follows a nationally televised speech by President Johnson and federal Judge Frank Johnson’s lifting of the injunction, begins. More than 100 journalists from all over the world came to Alabama to cover the dramatic and dangerous event.16 Johnson had authorized that the marchers be federally protected with helicopters, light planes, 1,800 National Guardsmen, 2,000 soldiers, 100 FBI agents and 100 federal marshals. The march is led by King, his wife, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, John Lewis and other leaders of the civil rights movement. Walking with King was Cager Lee, the octogenarian son of a slave who had been wounded when his grandson, Jimmie Lee Jackson, a church deacon, was shot and killed by a state trooper after a voter rights demonstration just weeks earlier.17

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