Campaigns & Events 1962-1965
Albany, Birmingham, The March on Washington & Selma
Episode from the landmark series recounting the events leading up to and including the marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. A great documentary for exploring both Selma and the wider tensions in the movement.
Page offering video, newspaper reports & analysis. Television networks broadcast the attacks of "Bloody Sunday" nationwide, creating outrage at the police, and sympathy for the marchers. Alabama police turn back a second march, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and other religious leaders, on March 9th. Following a federal judicial review, the march is allowed to resume, escorted by the National Guard. On March 25, 25,000 marchers arrive at the State Capitol building in Montgomery. Soon afterward, the U.S. Congress will pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965, forcing states to end discriminatory voting practices.
Stefan Sharff was a Polish-American filmmaker who later went to on to have a career teaching film at Columbia University. He made this film, split across 2 segments on YouTube, of the third Selma march. A great mixture of styles that gives you a sense of how the second march was experienced by marchers and locals. Pt 2 in the side links.
Lewis' testimony from court records regarding the first Selma March of March 1965 which ended in police gassing and clubbing participants in an illegal march.
In this speech, King traces the history of the movement, but also explains Jim Crow by drawing on C. Vann Woodward's famous text, The Strange Career of Jim Crow. How is king's analysis - and his attack on poverty - different to that of earlier speeches? What does it show us about the development of his own ideas?
The full text of Andrew Young's interview for the Eyes on the Prize series on the Selma campaign of 1965. Very useful for exploring the chain of events; local/national tensions; the visit of Malcolm X; the Federal response.