Civil Rights protester recounts story behind ‘Selma’

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ST. LOUIS – The Civil Rights film Selma opens in theaters across America today.

Fox 2’s April Simpson sat down with Alvery Williams, one of the 600 marchers present for an infamous moment in history known as ‘Bloody Sunday.’ The protesters assembled in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965 to journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge en route to Mongtomery.

Just short of the bridge, they protesters found their way blocked by Alabama state troopers and local police, who ordered them to turn around. When the protesters refused, the officers shot tear gas and waded into the crowd, beating the nonviolent protesters with clubs, including Wiliams.