March 7, 1987, Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history as he defeats James “Bonecrusher” Smith to unify the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles.
Let Us Not Forget
Sunday, March 7, 1965, dubbed “Bloody Sunday,” is the day that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led a protest march (current Congressman John Lewis was a participant) from Selma to Montgomery Alabama across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. They were blocked by law enforcement and a brutal assault on the protesters ensued.
The march was in response to an earlier Voter’s Rights Protest during which Jimmy Lee Jackson was shot and killed by an Alabama state trooper.
As disturbing as that day was, the SCLC did not stop protesting. Another march took place on March 21 with federal protection. In August 1965 Congress passed the Voting Rights Act which was signed into law by President Johnson.
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