On March 7, 1965, Alabama State Troopers attacked hundreds of peaceful civil rights protesters marching to the State Capitol in Montgomery.
On the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," President Barack Obama spoke at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the violent clashes that helped galvanize support for passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- Obama on the legacy of Selma ("Sunday Morning," 03/08/15)
- Remembering the battle at Selma ("Sunday Morning," 03/08/15)
- Bill Plante remembers Selma ("Sunday Morning," 03/08/15)
- Bloody Sunday: A reporter's notebook ("60 Minutes," 03/05/15)
- Returning to Selma, 50 years after "Bloody Sunday" ("CBS Evening News," 03/06/15)
In one afternoon fifty years ago, so much of our turbulent history -- the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher -- all that history met on this bridge.