This Month's Featured Story
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery marches in support of African American voting rights. The first march, nicknamed 'Bloody Sunday,' ended when county and state police attacked the unarmed marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, leaving Amelia Boynton unconscious. The image of her lying wounded on the bridge, coupled with the murder of activist James Reeb two days later, prompted a national outcry and led President Lyndon Johnson to urge Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
On March 15, President Lyndon Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of expansive voting rights legislation. In his speech, he outlined the various ways in which elected officials had attempted to prevent African Americans from voting. Near the end of the speech, he invoked the civil rights anthem, "We shall overcome.
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