Hosea Williams, Voting Rights Activist, Dies

November 17, 2000


On March 7, 1965, supporters of the Voting Rights Movement marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, into the pages of history. Joined by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights activists John Lewis and Hosea Williams led women and men, old people and children, African Americans and whites, until mounted police with nightsticks and tear gas weighed into the crowd. Television cameras from around the world recorded the event that became known as Bloody Sunday.

Yesterday, at the age of 74, Hosea Williams died of cancer.


  • Sheyann Webb-Christburg, Co-author of "Selma, Lord, Selma," a book depicting her childhood memories with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement in Selma. She was on the bridge that day, and was rescued by Hosea Williams.