It’s hard to believe, but 45 years ago, 600 people lined up to walk from Selma to Montgomery to march for voting rights.
When they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River in Selma, they were met by state troopers. They attacked the peaceful marchers with tear gas, bullwhips, and nightsticks.
It became known as “Bloody Sunday”, and the national outcry over the brutality that day led to the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which banned discrimination against voting on the basis a race. The act was signed by then-President Lyndon Johnson 45 years ago tomorrow.
I could only imagine how Fox News would have covered the event. If you look at the picture below, you might have your answer.