Selma Alabama, March 7th 1965. A line of civil rights protestors crossed the Edmund Pettis Bridge on a march to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Blocking their path were Alabama State Troopers. The unprovoked brutality that followed, shocked a nation, moved a president and is the focus of "Crossing the Bridge." The film traces the events that led up to the confrontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday". It draws on the personal experiences of those involved, men such as John Lewis, CT Vivian, Albert Turner and James Orange. The program also reveals the White House reaction to the violence in Selma. For the first time, as a result of recently declassified recordings, its possible to hear President Lyndon Johnson as he tries to contain the violence and then use the public outcry to press for passage of a voting rights bill.moreless
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