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Civil Rights March - Selma Alabama 1965

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keywords: social unrest and protest, civil rights march, selma alabama, reverend martin luther king jr., we shall overcome banner

Synopsis: Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., leads Civil Rights marchers on a journey to reach Montgomery, the Capitol of Alabama...(read more)

  • Date: 1965
  • Duration: 00:05:04
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States

Civil Rights March - Selma Alabama 1965

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Civil Rights March - Selma Alabama 1965

The Selma March. President Lyndon B. Johnson seeks to end racial strife and give African-Americans the right to vote. President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress to push a voting rights bill aimed at ending racial discrimination. Civil rights leaders, including Sisters Of Mercy, lead a march through Harlem. Marchers carry signs that read “We March With Selma” and “We Shall Overcome”.

Brown Chapel A.M.E Church becomes the civil rights headquarters for the Black drive to end racial discrimination and give the right to vote to African-Americans. It is from here Martin Luther King leads the civil rights marchers on a march intended to reach Montgomery, the Capitol of Alabama. After crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge the marchers were confronted by a cordon of police and told to turn back. After several tense minutes Dr. King requested a moment to pray which was granted. After kneeling in prayer, the marchers rose and marched back toward Selma, Alabama across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

This was a turning point in the civil rights movement. Twice before the civil rights marchers have been turned back in their quest to march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, the Capitol of Alabama. Shows Brown Chapel A.M.E Church, the starting point for the five-day march from Selma Alabama to Montgomery Alabama. Dr. Martin Luther King address crowd at Brown Chapel A.M.E Church. Now they march under a court order with the protection of Federalized National Guard Units and regular Army units. Martin Luther King, leader of the civil rights movement, leads this historic, and for the most part, peaceful march for the right to vote and end racial discrimination.

Shot List:


Night shot of the White House and a joint session of Congress.


“We March With Selma” sign carried in civil rights march.


Sisters of Mercy leads a civil rights march.


“We Shall Overcome” sign carried by civil rights marchers.


The Brown Chapel A.M.E Church Selma Alabama.


Rev. Martin Luther King, Brown Chapel A.M.E Church Selma Alabama.


Cordon of police.


Civil rights marchers kneel in prayer.


The Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma Alabama.


The Brown Chapel A.M.E Church.


Dr Martin Luther King.


Alabama Ave & Sylvan St. sign Selma Alabama. Sylvan St. name later changed to Martin Luther King St.


The Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma Alabama.


Marchers pass Alabama mileage road sign “Montgomery 47”.


Marchers overnight camp site.


Two armed soldiers, marchers pass in background.