The Freedom March from selma to montGomery, alabama The highlights of the American Civil Rights Movement

A walk to remember

The Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama was a 54 mile March that was in response to the deaths of activists fighting for black American's right to vote. Here, 525 peaceful protestors were violently confronted by law enforcement outside of Selma.

In the world around

At the time of this march, many things were happening in the United States as well as in the world. In the United States, the Department of Urban Develop,net and Housing came to be. On the world stage, America was infiltrating Vietnam with ain't-war tactics.

A monumental movement

The Freedom March attacks, later known as "Bloody Sunday", was later re-done and led by Martin Luther King Jr in March of 1965. Later, escorted by the National Guard, 25,000 marchers arrived at he the Alabama capital building , soon after influencing Congree to pass the Voting Rights Avt of 1965, which gave blacks equal voting rights.

The Chicago Tribune, March 12, 1965

Letters to the Editor: The March at Selma

...Tear gas, whips, and clubs were used to implement the charge by the troopers to disperse the Negroes. The actions of the troopers were those of a police state effecting its will upon the populace by brute force and terrorism...It's the duty of the federal government and President [Lyndon] Johnson to intervene and restore civilization to the south.

John Charles Moore

Wheaton, IL

Some say the police did not have to use tear gas and nightsticks on the marchers at Selma, Ala. How else were the police going to get the marchers out of the way? Those people got exactly that they deserved and what they expected. They were looking for publicity and sympathy.

David W. S

Point of viEw

These two submissions were written from two different standpoints on the Freedom March violence. The first, supporting the injustice given to the protestors, is advocating for human and civil rights. The other, clearly a white male, supports the violence put upon blacks. These two submissions accurately represent the split opinions on the incident that were prevelant at the time.

The Washington Post, March 31, 1965

Letter to the Editor: Publicity and Protest

Alabama has been invaded by thousands of civil rights demonstrators... in the biggest publicity stunt of the Twentieth Century -- the Selma to Montgomery March...

...It should be apparent by now that this latest and greatest publicity stunt is all part of a campaign to remove government by law and substitute government by demonstration. The specter these demonstrations in Alabama and elsewhere create is nothing less than the threat of anarchy. Our officials are being blackmailed by sit-ins, mass marchers, traffic obstruction and business stoppage to force them to give in to the unending demands of power-hungry demonstration leaders.

John Railami, Silver Spring, MD

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this article was targeted to be any civilian who supposedly didn't realize that the advocacy for human civil rights was a scam. Of course this was written by an anti-black supporter.

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