DC Selma Reaction: 1965
The bloody attack by police in Alabama on civil rights demonstrators provoked a series of confrontational demonstrations in Washington, D.C. beginning March 8, 1965 and continuing for days afterward.

They included sit-ins at the Justice Department, White House and U.S. Capitol, blockading traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and mass demonstrations, picketing and vigils. The protesters were demanding federal action to protect civil rights demonstrators and to enforce civil rights.

The DC protests were in response to a March 7, 1965, march organized locally by James Bevel, Amelia Boynton, and others. State troopers and county possemen attacked the unarmed marchers with billy clubs and tear gas after they passed over the county line at the Edmond Pettus Bridge, and the event became known as Bloody Sunday.

Law enforcement beat Boynton unconscious, and the media publicized worldwide a picture of her lying wounded on the bridge.

The incident at the bridge and subsequent demonstrations helped spur passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act by Congress that was signed by President Lyndon Johnson.
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