Selma to Montgomery March Begins Mar21

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Selma to Montgomery March Begins

   

1965 – Selma to Montgomery March Begins. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., approximately 3,200 people began to march from of Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama under the protection of federal troops. Walk about 12 miles each day and sleeping in empty fields at night, the crowd grows to around 25,000 in just four days when they reached Montgomery.  The march was conceived to bring attention to discrimination in voter registration. On an earlier march on March 7, 1965 and were met with violence by state and local law officials. The day will become known as “Bloody Sunday.”