Essay On Bloody Sunday

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Civil rights are something many Americans in 2018 take for granted. Most people do not give a second thought to all the bloodshed and lives lost in order to gain equality. It is time for Americans to pay more attention to the events that left a permanent mark on this country. One of these events being Bloody Sunday. One must understand what happened before Bloody Sunday in order to understand why it took place to begin with. Before Bloody Sunday, another “non violent” night march was arranged to protest the arrest of James Orange in 1965. During this “peaceful” march, civil rights advocate, Jimmy Lee Jackson was shot and killed by an Alabama state trooper. This tragic event inspired people to stand up against inequality, and a march…show more content…
One of these people was Shirley Jefferson, who grew up in Selma, Alabama. She remembers not being able to get ice cream because the place only served white people. She couldn’t even go to the movie theater. Finally, the rules were changed, but blacks were only allowed to sit in a small section all the way in the back. They also had to use the back door when shopping. Schools were segregated and Jefferson always thought that the black school was not equal in conditions of quality. Jefferson was twelve years old during Bloody Sunday and she and her older sister marched in it. She remembers the troopers using high pressure fire hoses, police dogs, and tear gas on the protesters.They were chased and beat with clubs. Jefferson was shocked and terrified the entire time. She participated in the Selma- Montgomery march (the third attempt). Thousands of other children also marched in this, so she never felt isolated. Jefferson felt like this was something she had to do, her parents were not forcing her. Actually, her parents did not want her to march. White bosses told her dad, and many others. “If we find out you of your children are out there protesting, you’ll get fired”, (Marching to Montgomery and Beyond). Jefferson is currently a law school teacher. She often mentions Jim Crow laws and life before integration in her lessons, to remind students of how much times have changed (Marching to Montgomery and
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