Yesterday when we left the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.The marchers were being beaten and gassed by the State and local law enforcement on the orders of Governor George Wallace.
Dr. Martin Luther King, told the marchers that they must keep the sympathy they had earned with the image televised nationally of the troopers beating the unresisting marchers. Dr. King called on the nations clergy to come to Selma for another attempt at the march. Federal District Court judge Frank Johnson issued an injunction against another march until a hearing could take place. Dr. king , reluctant to defy the court , agreed to march no further than the other side of the bridge.
On Tuesday March 9,1965 as the first of about 2000 marchers approached the state troopers at the site of Bloody Sunday's violence,the Leaders kneeled to pray, then turned around. It was an unpopular decision with the marchers,but one noted that otherwise they would have been beaten with the Court's approval.
That night a clergyman who had marched that day, Rev James Reeb, was attacked on Washington Street in Selma and later died. In his eulogy Dr. King said" again we ask the question: Why must good men die for doing good?"
Tomorrow " THE MARCH"
I plan on having a great day, I hope you will join me