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SELMA TO MONTGOMERY
Transcript of SELMA TO MONTGOMERY
King takes immediate action in Selma
King joins local efforts for right to vote
I never will forget as I stood by his bedside a few days ago… how radiantly he still responded, how he mentioned the freedom movement and how he talked about the faith that he still had in his God. ...We must be concerned not merely about who murdered him but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderer.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Edmund Pettus Bridge- Selma, Alabama
Some necessary background information
Where do they go from here?
Only 2% of African American citizens registered
January, King joined local organizations
Selma- reputation for police brutality
Voting rights, national attention
President Lyndon Johnson and congress to enact voting legislation
Started off with mass arrests, but little violence
February 18- State trooper shoots Jimmie Lee Jackson
March 9 (day)- March again, stopped again
March 9 (evening)- Death of James Reeb
In the days following
US Court Judge order
President Lyndon Johnson
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Police attack marchers
President takes a stand for voting rights
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
ed by Hosea Williams & John Lewis, 600 protestors
Selma to Montgomery, 6 blocks
Ordered to disperse, refused
Mounted and standing police
Tear gas, clubs, whips
TV coverage: "Bloody Sunday"
March 21- 3,200 marchers
Selma to Montgomery (3 days)
12 mpd, slept in fields
SELMA TO MONTGOMERY
A VIDEO IS WORTH
A MILLION WORDS
Protecting his mother
Dies 8 days later
I don’t see how President Johnson can send troops to Vietnam—I don’t see how he can send troops to the Congo—I don’t see how he can send troops to Africa and can’t send troops to Selma.
- John Lewis
Montgomery- 25,000 strong
August - The Voting Rights Act of 1965