On This Day: Selma, AL and "Bloody Sunday"

March 7, 1965 forever changed the lives of African American activists in Selma, Alabama, when a peaceful protest turned deadly. Young academics learn about the 1965 non-violent march of African American activists that ended in the assaults on many protesters. The engaging videos share information explaining the motives behind the march and how the police responded with violence. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show news articles from 1965 when the event first took place
  • Guide a group discussion on how the march in Selma, Alabama compares to efforts by modern-day activists 
Classroom Considerations
  • A free C-SPAN Classroom account is required to access the material, or individuals may use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • The subject of violence against African Americans is a sensitive topic and should be handled with care
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The resource is a great tool to prompt discussions on police brutality and the civil rights movement 
  • Video segments provide clips from multiple African Americans recounting the events of the tragedy 
Cons
  • None