Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
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On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights activists left Selma, Alabama, marching for dignity and equality. After 18 days and 54 miles, this courageous group of students, teachers, and other activists arrived in Montgomery 25,000 strong and changed history. Standing in their way of achieving voting rights for Southern African Americans was a century of Jim Crow laws, a resistant and segregationist state, and a federal government slow to fully embrace equality. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest, and even murder, these nonviolent change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. Discussion with Joanne Bland, Charles Maudlin, Albert Southall, and moderator Glenn Crossman (U.Va.)
Supported by U.Va. Center for Politics