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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King addresses gathering of followers after their aborted march yesterday in Selma, Ala.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King addresses a group of followers after their aborted march in Selma

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The First March From Selma
March 7, 1965

When about 600 people started a planned march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on Sunday March 7, 1965, it was called a demonstration. When state troopers met the demonstrators at the edge of the city by the Edmund Pettus Bridge, that day became known as "Bloody Sunday." Why were the people marching?

One hundred years after the end of the Civil War, many African Americans were still facing barriers which either prevented or made it very difficult for them to register to vote. In Selma, African Americans made up almost half the population, but only two percent were registered voters. Discrimination and intimidation tactics aimed at blacks kept them from registering and voting. The demonstrators marched to demand fairness in voter registration.

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