Bloody Sunday

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Bloody Sunday

Built in 1940, it is named for Edmund Winston Pettus: *former Confederate brigadier general, *Democratic Party U.S. Senator from Alabama and *theGrand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan.

Amelia Boynton, who had helped organize the march as well as marching in it, was beaten unconscious. A photograph of her lying on the road of the Edmund Pettus Bridge appeared on the front page of newspapers and news magazines around the world.In all, 17 marchers were hospitalized and 50 treated for lesser injuries; the day soon became known as "Bloody Sunday" within the black community and across the world's stage.Televised images of the brutal attack presented Americans and international audiences with horrifying images of marchers left bloodied and severely injured, and roused support for the Selma Voting Rights Campaign.

March 7, 1965Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama"Bloody Sunday"

In 1965 voting rights for Blacks were a contentious issue. In Selma, Alabama, voting rolls were 99% White and 1% Black.As word reached the people, including Martin Luther King, Jr., SCLCs Director of Direct Action James Bevel strategized a plan for a peaceful march on the state's capitol, which required crossing the bridge.

Web 2.0 projectEDIT 5202Donna V. Hurt

The protest went according to plan until the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge and entered Dallas County, where they encountered a wall of state troopers and county posse waiting for them on the other side.Because of the design of the bridge, the protestors were unable to see the police officers on the east side of the bridge until after they had reached the top of the bridge in the center. The protestors first saw the police while at the center of the bridge, 100 feet above the Alabama River. Despite the danger ahead, the protestors continued marching without stopping. They were then attacked and beaten by police on the other side.

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