The city is best known for the 1960s selma voting rights movement and the selma to montgomery marches, beginning with bloody sunday in march 1965 and ending with 25,000 people entering montgomery at the end of the last march to press for voting rights this activism generated national attention to social justice. Overview item information title: william christopher diary of march from selma to montgomery, alabama date: 1965 march 13-15 physical details: diary : 52 p : handwritten 20 x 13 cm description: christopher describes in detail his trip to montgomery, alabama along with his colleague john scotford jr and partner. The blood of dozens of african-americans was spilled in the first of three attempted voting-rights marches to the alabama capital of montgomery from selma 50 years ago, on march 7, 1965 but as glory suggests, the legacy of selma is hardly in the past the movement is a rhythm to us, freedom is like. Marchers at the culmination of the selma to montgomery march on march, 25, 1965 view photo essay how events in selma 50 years ago changed america forever fifty years ago, civil rights activists marched through selma to challenge ingrained inequality in a movement that would forever change. On march 7, 1965, selma sheriff jim clark became a symbol of violent voter repression by leading his officers in a horseback charge at the bridge, and they clubbed marchers who tried to cross the bridge reporters covering the demonstration noted the urgency of the story, and the march became a major television event.
The thirty thousand people who at one point or another took part in this week's march from the brown chapel african methodist episcopal church in selma, alabama, to the statehouse in montgomery were giving highly dramatic expression to a principle that could be articulated only in the vaguest terms they were a varied. Jackson's death also inspired civil rights leaders to hold the selma to montgomery march on march 7, 1965 there was aviolent response awaiting these demonstrators as well: when they arrived at selma's edmund pettus bridge, police used tear gas and batons against them images of the violence— the protest came to be. Selma to montgomery march, 1965 the freedom movement came to a head with the selma to montgomery march, 21-25 march 1965 while the i have a dream he made major photo-essays on willem de kooning and david smith, among many other artists it was his teacher charles alston at the art students' league. Why did thousands march over 50 miles through cold, alabama rain in 1965 in this lesson, students learn about the selma-to-montgomery voting rights march after analyzing photojournalist james karales's iconic photograph of the march, reading background material on it, and considering what the.
On 21 march 1965, after a months-long battle, the freedom march finally set off from selma to montgomery to lobby for voter registration here's how the guardian and observer covered the struggle. A telephone conversation between president johnson and dr martin luther king , jr video of president johnson urging congress to pass the voting rights act letters from joseph califano, jr, detailing events of the march from selma to montgomery outline of events surrounding the historic signing of. In march 1965, thousands of people held a series of marches in the us state of alabama in an effort to get that right back their march from selma to montgomery, the capital, was a success, leading to the passage of the voting rights act of 1965 african americans first earned their right to vote in 1870,.
School kids walk along the historic route that civil rights marchers took during the selma to montgomery on march 6, 2015 in selma, alabama credit: justin sullivan/getty images march 1965: children watching a black voting rights march in alabama dr martin luther children watch a black voting rights. The 54-mile walk was a pivotal moment of the civil rights movement. When marchers gathered at the foot of the edmund pettus bridge, in selma, alabama, on march 7, 1965, to demand voting rights, the nation was forced to acknowledge the depth and breadth of racial discrimination and bigotry that existed in the united states in the century following the civil war, african americans citizens.