Impact Of Bloody Sunday On Civil Rights

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Civil rights refers to fighting for equal rights between blacks and whites. It is an important part of history. From time to time, people have been fighting for civil rights for blacks in whites in the mid 1900’s. In fact, Bloody Sunday was probably one of the most important events to have an impact on history for civil rights. Everyday, people struggle to be treated equally and civil rights make it possible for everyone black or white to be treated equally. As a result of Bloody Sunday, this event helped blacks speak up and be heard.
The impact Bloody Sunday had on the early struggle for civil rights was, it was a march that first began with 600 people to fight for the rights of African-Americans to vote. On August 6th 1965, the Federal Voting
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The consequences of peaceful protesting is, the marchers from Selma to Montgomery, had to go back and march three times. The first march wasn 't what they wanted to achieve and got sent back to the bridge. The second march was when they were crossing the bridge. The police officers attacked them with stick, teargas, clubs, arrested innocent people, guns were fired, knocked people to the ground, whips, rubber tubing wrapped in barbed wire was a weapon that the police officers whipped at the marchers. The third time they went to march, they won Federal Protection and they successfully marched for their cause. King wrote to New York Times, “This is Selma, Alabama. There are more negroes in jail with me than they are on the voting rolls.” (Klein 1). The National Guard helped them on the last march. No police officers could turn them back, and they couldn 't beat them in front of the National Guard. These innocent, peacefully protesting people were injured and one was shot and killed. Jimmy Lee Jackson was a 20 year old who was protecting his grandma and mom. He was struck by a club, then shot with a gun. Over 50 people were injured and hospitalized. A couple people died months later because of their injuries. These marchers were not interrupting anybody or bothering anything and the police officers had to take action. They were on the sidewalk of the highway and away from the officers and others. The officers thought they were going to do something bad so they took…show more content…
The officers stopped people from protesting, because, they were ordered to stop the protesters. There were a lot of reasons that the police officers stopped the protestors. They didn’t want the protest to be successful, they thought it wasn’t fair for both blacks and whites to vote. Major John Cloud ordered the 600 marchers, they had less than two minutes to leave. The marchers left the first time, but came back for a second time. The second time they came back, the marchers refused to turn back and got tear gas, beaten with sticks, injured, shot or had a gun pointed to their head, clubs and other weapons. The police officers were wearing protective gear, but the marchers were not. Police officers broke up the group of marchers and then beat them on the highway. The highway that the marchers were trying to cross was named Edmund Pettus bridge. On this march, they had governor George Wallace. George Wallace was the 45th governor of Alabama. He too believed that blacks should be treated equally. When the officers were arresting people, they arrested Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was one of the people who led the marchers from Selma to Montgomery. At night when everybody was marching or in the streets taking a break, police officers would come, shoot the lights out in the street so no marchers could see them. The police officers then beat them. Sometimes, the marchers would go in corn fields to get sleep instead of walking all night or sleeping on the streets. Cops and police
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