On This Day: Selma, AL and "Bloody Sunday"

On Sunday March 7, 1965, about six hundred people began a fifty-four mile march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery. They were demonstrating for African American voting rights and to commemorate the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, shot three weeks earlier by a state trooper while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration. On the outskirts of Selma, after they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the marchers, in plain sight of photographers and journalists, were brutally assaulted by heavily armed state troopers and deputies.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Motivations for the March

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a church service commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.