March on Selma Krystal Doucette

On Monday, March 7th 1965, the march from Selma to Montgomery began. This demonstration of unity and protest against the ways that african americans were treated started with the deprivation of voting among black men and women. Even though the 15th amendment had given them the right to vote, many states made it hard, and almost impossible for any African Americans to be able to cast a vote in the United States.
As only 2 percent of all African Americans were able to vote, the overall goal of the march on selma was to change that. Equality between races was a long wished for dream, but many African Americans and whites were ready to go for the change sooner rather than later.

As the march went on, the peaceful protesters were soon aggressively stopped by law enforcement, and after many of them were gassed and beaten, King turned the protestors around to stop the horrible acts that were being brought upon them. But, as the march was being televised, people at home were disturbed and outraged by the way they were being treated, which lead to the change and realization that the movement needed.

Martin Luther King Jr helped to bring the much needed attention and publicity to the event which made it popular and widely viewed.
After the event was televised and the U.S district court judge ordered the authorities to permit the march, Johnson had gotten on air to show support so the protestors could reach their destination. The protestors once again set out from Selma, and were protected by U.S state troops until they safely made it to Montgomery with the whole world watching.
The long lasting impacts of the peaceful March were recognized later that year. The Voting Rights Act was passed, which banned literacy tests, mandated federal oversight of voter registration, and gave the U.S attorney general the duty of challenging the use of poll taxes for state and local elections, which overall meant all African American men and women were free to vote just like whites.
I can connect my event to the protests and marches that are going on to spread awareness of the inequalities and injustice that are still a problem today. People continue to try to peacefully protest to bring attention to problems that cannot be fixed by one person only, but by many people coming together to make a change.


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