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Hosea Williams was Martin Luther King Jr.'s trusted officer of the SCLC during the Civil Rights Movement, and later led Georgia's biggest civil rights march.
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On March 7, 1965 around 600 people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in an attempt to begin the Selma to Montgomery march. State troopers violently attacked the peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to stop the march for voting rights.
On Sunday, March 21, 1965, nearly 8,000 people began the five-day march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.
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In 1974, Williams won election to the Georgia State Assembly. He remained a representative for the next decade, until he resigned and his wife took over his seat. From 1985 to 1990, Williams was a member of the Atlanta City Council. From 1990 to 1994, he served as DeKalb County commissioner.
In 1987, Hosea Williams was responsible for leading Georgia's most sizable civil rights march, during which some 20,000 protestors boldly withstood racial slurs and physical violence from white supremacist counter-demonstrators in the all-white Forsyth County. Williams additionally led a 1996 march to the Georgia state capitol to protest the Confederate symbol depicted on Georgia's state flag.
Four years later, on November 16, 2000, Hosea Williams died of kidney cancer in Atlanta, Georgia.
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