Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
‘Bloody Sunday’ Attack at Edmund Pettus Bridge / U.S. Congress Approves Voting Rights Act of 1965
A voting registration campaign in 1965 turned tragic Feb. 17 when an Alabama state trooper fatally shot Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion. It prompted a protest march from Selma to Montgomery that triggered a milestone event in the Civil Rights Movement.
On March 7, John Lewis and Hosea Williams led a group of 600 African Americans from Brown Chapel AME Church six blocks and across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. State Public Service Director Al Lingo ordered armed troopers to attack the marchers, hospitalizing 50.
Two weeks later, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy led a court-approved march with federal protection. It covered 54 miles and reached the State Capitol on March 25. In a speech before 25,000, King said "the arch of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Racists killed Boston minister James Reeb on March 11 and Detroit housewife Viola Gregg Liuzzo on March 25.
during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Selma Voting Rights Movement
Television coverage of 'Bloody Sunday' shocked millions and galvanized support for Congress to remove obstacles that prevented minorities from voting. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on Aug. 6. As a result, many blacks won local elections in the South.
In 2007, a bridge crossing reenactment attracted presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. When Obama won the Democratic nomination the following year, he spoke of the bridge in Selma in his acceptance speech. In 2009, nearly two million witnessed the inauguration of America's first black president.
"Selma," the Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay film about voting rights, was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award shortly before the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday.'
Location. 32° 24.384′ N, 87° 1.144′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (Business U.S. 80) and Water Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Broad Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1112 Water Avenue, Selma AL 36703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Selma Movement (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Edmund Pettus Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Tablet Commemorates the Visit of Lafayette (about 300 feet away); Water Avenue (about 300 feet away); Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940 (about 400 feet away); Ecor Bienville (about 400 feet away); St. James Hotel (about 400 feet away); The Sleeping Prophet (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Selma.
More about this marker. Another marker, The Selma Movement
Also see . . .
1. Selma, Alabama, (Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965). From BlackPast.org (Submitted on March 26, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Submitted on March 26, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Politics •
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