On March 7, 1965, 525 civil Rights demonstrators were attacked by police officers. These demonstrators were taking a march between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. The reason the march was being held was to promote black voting registration, and to protest against the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson. Several thousands were charged at by officers. They were unsuccessful in their petition but this event, and the violence that came with it impacted the Civil Rights Movement. It opened peoples eyes and gave them sympathy for the demonstrators, and President Johnson passed the Voting Rights Act Of 1965.