Presentation on theme: " The Selma to Montgomery March took place in March of 1965 Local demonstrators mounted a protest against Alabama's Jim Crow laws, which made it nearly."— Presentation transcript:
The Selma to Montgomery March took place in March of 1965 Local demonstrators mounted a protest against Alabama's Jim Crow laws, which made it nearly impossible for African Americans to vote. The marchers sought passage of a national law that would secure equal voting rights for African Americans.
A city with overt institutional racism, Selma, Alabama was a stronghold of segregation. In 1961 only 156 out of 15,000 African Americans were registered to vote. Late in 1964, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) decided to make Selma its focus. Many protests were staged, several of which ended in violence and arrest. Another, on February 16, ended in the death of marcher Jimmie Lee Jackson
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