The Third March Ended With 25,000 People in the State Capitol
It started with 8,000 people gathered in Selma, it ended four days later with 25,000 people at the steps of the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, where King delivered the speech “How Long, Not Long.”
The KKK Assassinated a White Female Marcher
After King’s speech, Viola Liuzzo, a white mother of five from Detroit who had come to Alabama to support voting rights for Blacks, was assassinated by Ku Klux Klan members while she was driving marchers back to Selma from Montgomery. Among the Klansmen in the car from which the shots were fired was FBI informant Gary Rowe. Afterward, the FBI’s COINTELPRO operation spread false rumors that Liuzzo was a member of the Communist Party and abandoned her children to have sexual relationships with African-Americans involved in the civil rights movement.