With #Selma Movie Nominations in Mind - Here Are Black & White Photos from the Actual March on March 21, 1965
Since one picture is worth a thousand words, I need say very little here about today's anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The photos in this video montage were taken by Stephen Somerstein, a photographer for the student newspaper at the City University of New York (CUNY). Over the years, I've seen video footage of the march in wonderful film documentaries like Eyes on the Prize. But these black-and-white images tell the story in a more reflective way. The march that began on March 21, 1965, was the third attempt to organize a peaceful 54-mile walk in support of African-American voting rights. Two weeks earlier, six hundred marchers were attacked by Alabama state police when they reached the Pettus Bridge six blocks from where they'd started. The incident, which became known as Bloody Sunday, was broadcast on national television. Americans were outraged over this blatant act of brutality directed against people who were simply asking for the right to vote. They would be successful on today's date because they now had the support of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the FBI, the federalized Alabama National Guard, and 25 thousand other Americans - of all creeds and races - who marched with them. These images show that the March from Selma to Montgomery was about more than civil rights. It was about standing up for something you believe in whatever the cost. The triumph of the human spirit over anyone or anything that seeks to make us less than who we really are.
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