Bloody Sunday
John Lewis (left) facing right and Hosea Williams, facing front.

March 7 - Selma, AL - On March 7, to protest the denial of voting rights, Hosea Williams and John Lewis together with more than 500 marchers began a fifty mile march from Selma to Montgomery. The city had an infamous reputation, largely based on violent treatment of civil rights activists by the county sheriff James Clark. As soon as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge that leads out of Selma, they were attacked by state troopers and local police, who use tear gas, clubs, and electric cattle prods. Dozen required medical treatment.