'Selma to Montgomery' marcher plans return on 50th anniversary - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Selma to Montgomery' marcher plans return on 50th anniversary

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The week of March 2 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march in Selma, Alabama.

Six hundred unarmed marchers tried to go from Selma to Montgomery on March 7, 1965 to support voting rights for African-Americans when they were attacked by Alabama State Troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge with billy clubs and tear gas.

It became known as “Bloody Sunday,” one of the darkest moments in U.S. history.

The movie "Selma" highlights the events that took place on that day.

Memphian Elaine Turner remembers the day when she answered the call from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., asking her to march in Selma days later.

"I was one of those marchers who left Memphis to march into Montgomery, Alabama after Dr. King called for people to come and support the people of Alabama because they were being denied the right to vote," said Turner, who was a student at LeMoyne-Owen College when she made the trip to Selma.

There were three marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 that were a part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement that eventually helped pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Fifty years later, Turner is leading a group from Memphis to Selma on the 50th anniversary of the historic marches.

"This is something that is very pivotal in our history, and it's something that I think would be meaningful for the younger generation," said Turner.

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