On #ThisDayinHistory 1965, state troopers brutally assaulted peaceful civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabam a in a an event referred to as “Bloody Sunday.” Images shocked millions of Americans and gal vanized Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965 #AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Mar.08: Nearly a century after the Confederacy’s guns fell silent, the racial legacies of slavery and Reconstruction continued to reverberate loudly throughout Alabama in 1965: Even the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 months earlier had done little in some parts of the state to ensure African Americans of the basic right to vote #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8135 The rising racial tensions finally bubbled over into bloodshed on February 18, 1965, when state troopers clubbed protestors and fatally shot 26-year-old demonstrator Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was trying to protect his mother, who was being struck by police: In response, civil rights leaders planned to take their cause directly to Alabama Governor George Wallace on a 54-mile march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery. Although Wallace ordered state troopers “to use whatever measures are necessary to prevent a march,” approximately 600 voting rights advocates set out on Sunday, March 7. Things were uneventful until the marchers reached the Edmund Pettus bridge………..Around 9:30 p.m., ABC newscaster Frank Reynolds interrupted the a broadcast of “Judgment at Nuremberg”—the classic film that explored Nazi bigotry and war crimes—to air the disturbing, footage from Selma and was watched by nearly 50 million Americans. #BloodySunday #USHistory #CivilRights #MLK #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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