March 7 - 1965 - Bloody Sunday
"Bloody Sunday," in all honesty, could have been much bloodier, but it was not through the intent of the sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers who attacked protesters marching for voting rights after they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside of Selma, Alabama. On the day, 17 protesters had to go to a hospital and 50 others were injured, but more strikingly they were all attacked on camera. People across the country saw John Lewis and Hosea Williams attacked head on while standing still at the front of the protesters. This moment broke open the long fight for voting rights in Selma and the rest of Alabama in the spring of 1965, which saw a number of barriers. In Selma, the white power structure featured multiple approaches to shutting down civil rights protesters. Additionally, national help for voting rights laws was difficult to get. Within weeks of Bloody Sunday, all of this changed, largely because people all over the nation saw civil rights protesters bloodied and beaten while seeking basic civil rights.