Whayne, Jeannie H. “Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas.” In , edited by Bruce A. Glasrud and Merline Pitre. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2013.Although black Arkansans were undoubtedly better off at the turn of the twenty-first century than they were at the turn of the twentieth century, the struggle for civil rights, equality, and justice continues.
On Sunday, March 7, the SCLC&aposs Hosea Williams and the SNCC&aposs John Lewis led a march of 525 pilgrims, who intended to walk the 54 miles from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery. Only six blocks into the march, however, at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Jefferson Davis Highway, Alabama state troopers and local law enforcement officers attacked the peaceful demonstrators with billy clubs, tear gas, rubber tubes wrapped in barbed wire, and bull whips. The defenseless marchers were driven back into Selma. John
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