North Central College - Naperville, IL

150 Moments: Bus trip to Selma, Ala., in support of civil rights

Civil rights march at Edmund Pettus Bridge, 1965
Three busloads of North Central College students and faculty travel to Selma, Ala., to participate in civil rights march with Rev. King March 21, 1965.

On March 7, 1965, nonviolent civil rights activists participated in a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to support voters’ registration rights.

As participants crossed the arched Edmund Pettus Bridge at the edge of Selma, they encountered a squadron of hostile Alabama state troopers who attacked the marchers with tear gas, nightsticks and bullwhips. The day has since been known as Bloody Sunday.

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