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Behind the Lens: Selma, 50 Years Later- White House photos

 Behind the Lens: Selma, 50 Years Later- White House photos

by Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer

Selma March

Selma – March 7, 1965

March 7, 1965. It became known as “Bloody Sunday.” Six hundred people defied the warnings of authorities and attempted to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma, Alabama, to show the desire of black American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

I was a young boy growing up in Massachusetts at the time, and I can’t say that I was aware of what was happening in Selma. I didn’t know the marchers were attacked at the bridge with billy clubs and tear gas. I didn’t know that there was this much hatred in the South between blacks and whites.  Continue reading

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