Next, Dr. King urgently requesting clergy of all faiths and races around the country to join him in another march on March 9 th . More than 400 clergymen responded to his call and when they began the march across the Pettus Bridge, they encountered 350 state troopers. Hoping to avoid more bloodshed, King turned the march around. President Johnson sent federal troops to Selma to stop the bloodshed and addressed Congress on March 15 to ask for a new voting rights bill. After this, an Alabama state judge approved King’s plan for a march from Selma to Montgomery. Three hundred marchers walked the entire three days and more than 25,000 people completed the march around the city. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed which outlawed all literacy tests, provided federal supervision of voting registration in seven states, and challenged the legality of poll taxes. Selma, Alabama's "Bloody Sunday"