Fifty years ago today people marched in Selma, Alabama, to protest the lack of voting rights for black Americans, and they were teargassed, beaten and had dogs set on them by the local police force. Two days later they were joined by Martin Luther King and thousands of others to continue the fight to end the disenfranchisement of black Americans and to continue the fight for equal rights for all. A total of 25,000 people marched to the state capital a few days later under the protection of federal troopers.
The above is, of course, a vital piece of history in the fight to end racism and I remember seeing the graphic images on television here in the U.K. very well. Just about every newspaper carried page after page about the events of that week, and ‘Life’ magazine and many others were full of horrifying photographs.
Today of course we can look back…
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