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Selma March Address (1965)locked

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The marches from Selma to Montgomery Alabama were among the most significant and widely followed events of the great American era of civil rights Intended as protest demonstrations against impediments to the voting rights of African Americans such as the unconstitutional imposition of literacy tests the marches quickly and forcefully came to the attention of a national audience when on 7 March 1965 some 600 marchers were brutally attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge by club wielding state and local police The marchers retreated and seventeen of the demonstrators were hospitalized because of their injuries The day would thereafter be known among civil rights workers as Bloody Sunday It wasn t until 25 March that a third Selma march successfully entered Montgomery this time led by Dr Martin Luther King Jr its ranks swollen to nearly 3 200 At the state capitol King delivered the address reproduced below to a ...

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