Bloody Sunday

By | Mar 7, 2011

When speaking of Bloody Sunday it all depends on what part of the world you are standing, since there has been a couple of events for which that term has been used, on when it occurred. During the United States Civil Rights movement, Bloody Sunday occurred on March 7, 1965.

To bring attention to the violations of Voter Rights in Alabama, a group planned a march from Selma, Alabama to the State Capitol in Montgomery. It took three attempts before the Marchers completed the 50 miles march on March 25.

It was on the second attempt, March 7, 1965 that ended in the blood bath. On that Sunday morning 600 civil right marchers reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge, 6 blocks from their starting point. The marchers were met with State Troopers and Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies who has been ordered by Governor George Wallace to prevent the march. Wallace felt that it to be a threat on Public Safety.

The marchers were attacked with billy clubs and tear gas. Many of the marchers were injured with the entire event filmed by network television. After this incident, Martin Luther King became involved with the march. Under his leadership the march was successful, leading to the Voting Reform Act of 1965.

There are two other Sundays that have been called Bloody Sunday. On January 22, 1905 a recorded 96 people were killed and 333 injured when the Tsarist government of Nicholas II gunned down a band of striking workers. This began the failed Russian Revolution of 1905. And was an antecedent to the successful revolution of 1917.

On January 30, 1972, Derry Northern Ireland had it’s own Bloody Sunday. This two was part of a peace march and the day ended in chaos and bloodshed. This is the day that U2 talks about in their song, Sunday, Bloody Sunday.


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