In February 1965, Jimmy Lee Jackson was shot and killed by a state trooper on a protest march. Two weeks later, in Selma, Alabama, a march was organised to protest Jackson’s death. The march was met by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The troopers fired tear gas and protesters were beaten, set upon by dogs and charged with horses. Other marches followed and for the third march, a court order was raised that prevented the state from blocking the Selma to Montgomery March.
Students could act as news reporters describing the events of the Selma to Montgomery march. They could interview civil rights marchers as well as members of the police force and local people who came to watch.