African Americans needed voting rights, and to do that they needed recognition from the government. Which was pushing social activists to start a protest, but the death of Jimmy Lee Jackson who got shot by a white police,pushed them to the edge.
On March 7, 1965,600 peaceful protesters march from Selma, to montegomery, Alabama. Most of the people in this march were African Americans, or social activists who wanted more rights for colored people.
The protesters marched a long 54 mile, from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. And as they neared the Edmond Pettus bridge...
we will not accept this!
Police told the Protesters to stop, but they kept the march going, the police knew what they were marching for black rights and started to get very mad until they...
The police beat the protesters and teargassed some of them, even causing some to be hospitalized . The beatings caused 17 people having to be hospitalized, and 50 people injured.
Lots of priests, rabbis, and social activists came to Selma very mad about this incident. Lots of people were very mad about this massacre and wanted to fight back. But Martin Luther King Jr. convinced them to take a more peaceful approach.