Throughout March of 1965, a group of non-violent afro American demonstrators faced assault as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery to demand the right to vote for black people.
How it started
The Selma to Montgomery marches were three protest marches along the 87km long highway from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery. The marches were led by nonviolent activists to demonstrate equality and the desire for afro Americans to vote in the United States.
It all started when the southern state legislators had passed and kept many discriminatory requirements that had disenfranchised millions of afro Americans throughout the 20th century. At this time only about 2% of the black people could vote. A group known as DCVL (short for Dallas County Voters League) launched a …show more content…
They passed the Pettus Bridge, but when they came to Highway 80, they found themselves blocked again by state troopers. King then led the protesters around, when he belived that the troopers were trying to create an opportunity that would allow them to enforce a federal injunction prohibiting the march. That same night in Selma, a group of segregationists fatally beat a white minister from Boston named James Reeb to death.
Six days later, the president also decided to back the marchers, when he went on national television to show his support and lobby for passage of new voting rights legislation he was introducing in Congress.
The last march happened in March 21, and Alabama national guardsmen and army troops escorted the protestors. The marches walked past the Pettus Bridge and across Highway 80. After walking for about 12 hours a day and sleeping in fields at night, they finally reached Montgomery in March 25.
Between the passing of the act and the May 1966 primary, 122,000 blacks registered to votein the state. This represented a quarter of Alabama’s