Today in World History: March 7th

On this day in 1965, hundreds of protesters in Selma, Alabama, clashed with local police. Many were injured, and it exacerbated  the civil rights movement in the United States. For decades, the black population in America had been separated from the white population, leading to rising tension between the two. By the 1960’s, tensions had reached a dangerously high level, and protests were breaking out across the country. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading the movement, and was also leading the protests in Selma. The clash with police has recently been named Bloody Sunday, along with the 1972 clashes in Ireland. The protests in Selma led to more fury among the black population, and is considered key in their fight for rights and the end of segregation.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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