A group of UW-Eau Claire students is in Selma, Ala., March 3-10 with Associate Professor of Journalism Jan Larson to report on civil rights issues and the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
It was March 7, 1965, when some 600 people began a 54-mile walk that was to take them along a highway from Selma to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, a journey intended to show the determination of black Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. After walking just a few blocks, when the marchers reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge, state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas. Images of the attack were broadcast and printed around the world. With hundreds of marchers left bloodied and beaten, the March 7, 1965, event was given the nickname "Bloody Sunday." Days after the brutal attack, thousands of people of all races gathered in Selma to join in two additional marches, efforts that helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Visit the UW-Eau Claire Communication and Journalism blog for ongoing posts from the students about their Selma experience.