Some 600 peaceful Civil Rights demonstrators sought to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on 7 March 1965, and were met with police dogs, clubs, and firehoses. The brutal attack by local law enforcement made national headlines and helped to show, in clear terms, the reality of racial segregation throughout much of the South. This event encouraged various civil rights groups to set aside their differences and pledge to work more closely with one another, and drew a quick, sharp response from President Johnson, perhaps spurring him to push harder for even more civil rights legislation.
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