What was Bloody Sunday? When was that?  

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Bloody Sunday occurred during the protests of the Civil Rights movement. It occurred on Sunday, March 7, 1965.

African-Americans were concerned about the lack of African-Americans being registered to vote throughout the South. The problem was especially severe in Selma, Alabama. African-American leaders organized a march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the lack of African-American voter registration, as well as the shooting and killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson. When the marchers began to move across the Edmond Pettus Bridge, the police met them. They police ordered them to end the march and disperse. When the police's orders were disobeyed, the police attacked the marchers. Since television stations were covering this march, the country saw footage of the police beating the protesters.

When people watched what happened, sympathy and support for the protesters increased. Two weeks later, another march was held. The country again watched this march, which was completed without incident. The Voting Rights Act was eventually passed, in part because of the events of Bloody Sunday. This law made it illegal to use poll taxes and literacy tests to deny a person the right to register to vote. It also allowed federal officials to register voters.

zbarnes eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Bloody Sunday, while an event during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, could also refer to an event in Northern Ireland. In 1972, British soldiers shot 26 unarmed protesters and 14 of those shot died. Northern Ireland is controlled by the British, and this event caused a rise in anti-British sentiment. Bloody Sunday helped the Irish Republican Army gain support and an increase in members. The band U2 wrote the song "Bloody Sunday" in remembrance of the Northern Ireland incident. 

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