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March 2015 - What's Happening @ LWLC : Selma - 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary - Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March

Despite passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1964 ratification of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (discriminatory measures to prevent voting were declared illegal), voting was still prohibitive for African-Americans especially in Alabama.

In January 1965, the SNCC and SCLC began a voting drive in Selma. Selma was chosen due to its 1964 prohibition of civil rights-related gatherings and marches. The voting drive's results were arrests for participants and prohibitive measures for those wishing to register. The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March was scheduled for Mar. 7, 1965 to highlight these injustices.

The following mini-video from Robert H. Jackson Center using vignettes from the PBS documentary "Eyes on the Prize" to explain the events relating to Selma in March 1965.

The results of this march led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act (federal enforcement of voting rights for all U.S. citizens), better enforcement of the Constitution's 24th Amendment, and 1971 ratification of the 26th Amendment  (no federal denial of voting to U.S. citizens 18 years or older).

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ASU Events Commemorating the Voting Rights March

On March 6th, there will be an art exhibit opening at The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture. The exhibit will feature works by the NAAHCBU, with the theme “Interpreting the Voting Rights Campaign”. The art will be on display from March 6-August 28, 2015.


On March 7th, ASU is sponsoring a concert commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Campaign. The concert, featuring R&B legend Patti Labelle, will be held at 8pm at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on campus. Tickets are required for entry.


On March 12th, the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture is sponsoring a Voting Rights Symposium. The symposium, entitled “Organizations on the Forefront”, featuring speakers and sessions, will be held at the National Center from 9am-12pm. The symposium is free and open to the public.


On March 25th, ASU will hold its annual Memorial Wreath laying ceremony for martyrs of the Voting Rights Movement. The ceremony is part of the city of Montgomery’s commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March and anniversary of Dr. King’s speech on the steps of the State Capitol.

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Books & eBooks

Here are some books and e-books accessible to ASU patrons  that discuss the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March:

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