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  • A march was decided to be held from Selma to the state capital capital, Birmingham. Govenor Wallace banned the march but King was determined to take his supporters and lobby him.
  • The marchers faced tear gas and clubs, and were forced to return to Selma. This became known as 'Blood Sunday'.
  • Due to 'Bloody Sunday' President Johnson's hand was forced.
  • Johnson decided to introduce a Bill to enfranchise black Americans. On 15 March, Johnson gave a speech to Congress asking for a Voting Rights Bill.
  • Meanwhile a second attempt to march to Montgomery began on 9 March but King turned the marchers back after agreeing with President Johnson that he would avoid another violent confrontation with Clark.
  • It was eventually agreed that a march from Selma to Montgomery would go ahead if it was peaceful. On 21 March. Martin Luther King led more than 25,000 people- this was the biggest march ever seen in the South.
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