March to Selma

March to Selma

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  • Key Figures 
  • March 7, 1965
  • Beginning
  • March 9, 1965 
  • John Lewis and Hosea Williams. John Lewis a SNCC leader and Hosea Williams a SCLC colleague led the March while King was in Atlanta. 
  • March 11, 1965 
  • March 7, 1965, is when the march from Selma began, and it was led by John Lewis and Hosea Williams. This day was known as Bloody Sunday. 
  • March 15, 1965 
  • Martin Luther King leads another March to the Edmund Pettus Bridge this is a very symbolic march the crowds turn back at a barricade of state troopers and this shows solidarity within the Selma Marchers.
  • March 17, 1965 
  • Reeb dies. Thousands protest outside the White House and in other major cities.
  • Several hundred UU leaders join hundreds of others in Selma. King speaks at Reeb’s memorial service in Brown Chapel. President Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress to introduce the Voting Rights Bill.
  • Federal District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. Rules in favor of the Marchers because it’s clear that they have the right to petition the government
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