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Selma to Mongomery March 2 Joshua Lukasek Rachel Harris Karen Mendez Gabby Soto

U.S. History Olson-2 Selma

joshua lukasek

on 25 February 2010

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Transcript of Selma to Mongomery March 2 Joshua Lukasek Rachel Harris Karen Mendez Gabby Soto

Marchers on the outskirts of Selma Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched to show his support for the movement This was their reply. Marchers felt the need to protest the unjust and unfair voting laws.
They decided to peacefully march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Marchers were led by John Lewis of the SNCC with Martin Luther King's aide and Reverend Hosea Williams. Alabama State troopers led by Major John Cloud ordered the marchers to return to their church, to which Reverend Williams answered, "May we have a word with the Major?" There was no word to be had... John Lewis later said he was, "Hit in the head by a state trooper with a nightstick... I thought I saw death." This act left seventy African Americans hospitalized and more injured. March 7, 1965 came to be known as Bloody Sunday. Martin Luther King Jr. announced that he would attempt a second Selma to Montgomery march, however a federal court order forbid the march from occuring. On March 9, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the march anyways, but the 3,000 marchers were stopped by state troopers on Pettus bridge. Martin Luther King told his followers to turn around because he didnt want the march to turn violent. This decision dissappointed some activists, however the outcome was successful. On March 15, President Johnson introduced the Voting Rights Act
saying "There is no Negro problem. There is no southern problem. There is no northern problem. There is only an American problem." The federal court lifted the injunction on the march and further ordered that state and county authorities should not interfere with activist protest. www.america.gov/st/diversity-english/2008/december/2009010614054



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