Category: Civil Rights Movement

Bloody Selma: A Watershed Moment in the Civil Rights Movement

Demonstrators carrying "March with Selma" banner

In 1965 a series of events in Alabama inspired a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement, the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Early in the year, civil rights activists launched a voter-registration campaign in Selma, where fewer than 1% of eligible blacks were registered to vote. They were confronted by Dallas County sheriff,

President Kennedy’s Report to the American People on Civil Rights, June 11, 1963

Good evening my fellow citizens: This afternoon, following a series of threats and defiant statements, the presence of Alabama National Guardsmen was required on the University of Alabama to carry out the final and unequivocal order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. That order called for the admission of

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