The first march took place on March 7, 1965. Bevel, Amelia Boynton, and others helped organize it. The march gained the nickname Bloody Sunday after its 600 marchers were attacked at the Edmund Pettus Bridge after leaving Selma; state troopers and county posse attacked the unarmed marchers with billy clubs and tear gas. Law enforcement beat Boynton unconscious; media publicized a picture of her lying wounded on the bridge worldwide.
posted on 03/09/2015 2:03:43 PM PDT
Wikipedia is wrong. I was alive and well during this march - and as tragic as it was - it was never, ever referred to as Bloody Sunday. That's a European, tribalistic name that has nothing to do with America.
posted on 03/09/2015 2:26:50 PM PDT
by miss marmelstein
(Richard the Third: "I should like to drive away not only the Turks (moslims) but all my foes.")
I can honestly say I have never heard this march refereed to as “Bloody Sunday” until this year. Maybe I run in the wrong circles.
posted on 03/09/2015 2:47:59 PM PDT
(breathe easy obey the law)
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