50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday: President Obama in Selma Saturday
President Barack Obama and the first family will join thousands of people in Selma tomorrow to mark the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march. The event is now known as "Bloody Sunday." On March 7, 1965, hundreds of civil rights activists attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery to demand the right to vote for black Americans. When they reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge, state and local law enforcement officials attacked the marchers with clubs and tear gas. Two days later, the group kicked off a second march, this time joined by ministers of all faiths at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. The group was met by law enforcement at the bridge again but they turned back. After getting a court order, the marchers set out from Selma again on March 21 and arrived at the state capitol on March 25. The demonstrators helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law on August 6, 1965.