Fran Hoffman, 71
Location: Mystic, CT
Interview facilitated by Greg Gilmartin and Dean Rocha from MYSTV Studios
Fran Hoffman was a senior in college when Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights supporters marched for voting rights from Selma, Alabama, to the State Capitol in Montgomery. She drove with relatives and friends to Selma for the third (and final) march, a legendary event that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
"It rocked me to my feet," Fran said. "It really was very significant. So many people turned out for that march at a personal risk, but because of conviction."
Watch as Fran shares how the march gave her a new understanding of "the power of the gathering of people."
Hear more stories from people who were at the ground level of the civil rights marches