March on Selma Hannah Edberg


The March on Selma was an event that originated from the Civil Rights Movement. Protestors gathered to show their presence by marching for change. They were sick and tired of the inequality that followed them even after the Civil Rights Act was passed. Martin Luther King Jr. lead the event in hopes that voting rights would be obtained for all. Martin Luther King Jr. lead the revolution, and his commitment and drive left a lasting impact on the walk. “Along with the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act was one of the most expansive pieces of civil rights legislation in American history”(History, 2010). The march began on March 21, 1965 and lasted until March 25, 1965. It was a long and grueling walk filled with dedicated people fighting the war on segregation. White and black men and women joined together to protest. The marchers end goal was the Capital's front step in Montgomery, AL. After the gruesome events that took place on Bloody Sunday, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent an act to legislature to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the end the African Americans had obtained their goal but faced segregation and hate along the way. If it weren't for the brave men and women who protested, the act may not have been passed or brought about for many years. Today Selma stands as a remembrance to all the horrific treatment and inequalities these people faced. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis stand as reminders that anything is possible when faced with adversity.

Connections To Todays' Society

Black Lives Matter has become more apparent in the past few years due to the inequality amongst the black community. They are fighting for the right to be treated equally by police and stop police brutality. The have put on multiple protest and marches to speak their minds. I connected this event to the March on Selma because I believe their values were the same. They wanted equal rights and fair treatment for all. In Selma they faced police brutality day in and day out in an attempt to scare them into hiding and to stop their out cries for equality. Black Lives Matter has faced accusations along with deaths revolving around their attitudes and means of protest. Together the protestors of Black Lives Matter and Selma walked for what they believed in and made their voices heard. An article once stated that White Rage was the force pushing these events, "White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash"(Anderson, 2014).

“You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe. You have to have courage, raw courage.”-John Lewis

Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965

Obama's walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years after Bloody Sunday

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