Selma to Montgomery March

By: Eric Shelton

Selma (Description)

The march on Selma started on March 25, 1965. They did the march on Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama, to demand the right to vote. one of the important days was when 17 people were injured by police, including future congressman John Lewis. March 7 had been known as "Bloody Sunday". It was a 50 miles (80km) from Selma to Montgomery.

Selma Connecting to the Civil Rights Movement

On February 4, a federal judge had ordered the Selma registrars to have a minimum of a hundred voter applications a day. Thus, creating new obstacles for African American voters. The SCLC decided to organize a march on Selma for the right to vote.

Successfulness

President Johnson signed the Voting Act of 1965 on August 6, 1965.

Problems

After crossing Pettus Bridge, they were met by state troopers and posse men that refused to turn away. These men attacked the protesters with nightsticks, tear gas, and whips after the protesters refused to turn away. Several people were beaten severely and other ran for their lives away from the state troopers and posse men. This incident was captured on live national television and it angered many Americans.

Results that can be Connected to Today

Because of these men, made it possible for the African Americans today to vote anywhere they please and vote for anyone they want. All because the people that walked on Selma made a difference and made President Johnson sign the Voting Act of 1965.

Personal Reaction

I think the events that happened while they were doing the March on Selma were not the best way to go about stopping protesters because they could've used a less violent action, rather than beating innocent protesters and forcing others to run away because of these brutal out-lashings. But this also, was probably good that this happened or else President Johnson probably wouldn't of signed the voting act of 1965 when he did and might of been signed, who knows how much more longer.