Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Topics

Voting Rights Act of 1965
Columbia resident recalls Selma's third march and its impact
Columbia resident recalls Selma's third march and its impact

After traveling 300 miles through the night from Memphis, Tenn., to Selma, Ala., in March 1965, 22-year-old Sherman Howell joined with his fellow civil rights protesters in convincing their bus driver to stop on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Just two weeks earlier on March 7, state troopers and a sheriff's posse had attacked 600 black citizens marching for voting rights after they crossed the steel span over the Alabama River, which was named for a Confederate general, senator and Ku Klux Klan leader. "Everybody wanted to touch the ground and get off [the bus] to walk on the bridge" because of the events of "Bloody Sunday," which the confrontation had come to be...

Loading