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Updated: Mar 15, 2021

The Road to the VRA: Bloody Sunday

On March 8, 1965, John Lewis and Hosea Williams, one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s aides, led the march that would become known as “Bloody Sunday.” As the group of 525 marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met by 200 Alabama State Troopers and possemen. When they were 50 yards away a trooper came over the loudspeaker and addressed the crowd: “This is an unlawful assembly. Your march is not conducive to the public safety. You are ordered to disperse and go back to your church or to your homes.” Read the rest of the article here on the NAACP LDF website

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