On “Bloody Sunday” March 7, 1965 , 600 protesters gathered in Selma . They were going to march for their rights on U.S 80 to the state capital in Montgomery. The march was also to commemorate the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, he was shot three week before by a state trooper while trying to protect his mother at a demonstration. unfortunately they only got six blocks. They were met on the Edmund Pettus bridge by local white police officers. They drove them back into Selma with Billy clubs and tear gas. They were brutally beaten in front of press members . This enraged thousands of people across the nation. MLK J.R announced that he would lead a symbolic march to commemorate what had happened. Soon people from across the country were pouring into Selma. Two days later, on the ninth, a larger march of about 2,500, under a federal restraining order, walked up to the bridge, knelt in prayer, and then left without crossing. Only after the restraining order was lifted did the group of 25 thousand conduct the march all the way to Montgomery, under the protection of FBI agents and National Guard troops. Most of the people to come were catholic priests and religious men and women. Their troubles were not in vain soon afterwards president Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965..