On Bloody Sunday: Selma 50 Years Later


The Selma marches were briefly mentioned in my textbook, I didn’t learn about Bloody Sunday until years later. Those 1965 marches and the violence that followed weren’t part of my school’s curriculum, my classmates and I never saw the civil rights demonstrators being teargassed and beaten. It’s peculiar how history is presented to children, of course, we learned about the passage of the Voting Rights Act but the violence that preceded its passage wasn’t explained to us. I can’t fully blame them; it’s an ugly part of American history and teachers may not have wanted to explain it to their students, I just can’t but wonder how my teacher detailed the Russian Revolution including Bloody Sunday (January 22, 1905) while neglecting our own country’s history.

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