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Sea of 30,000 civil rights demonstrators
More than 30,000 demonstrators reached the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

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On March 7, 1965, hundreds of marchers set out for the capitol building (King was not able to be with them). When the marchers reached Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, they met a group of state troopers who told them to turn back. The marchers refused, but, as King would have wanted, there was no violence on their part.

Instead, they knelt on the sidewalk. The state troopers were not so peaceful. They used tear gas, sticks, and whips to attack the marchers. People all over the country were horrified.

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