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1960s Civil Rights Supporters on Why Selma Is Important

In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr., local leaders and thousands of supporters marched from Selma, Alabama, to the Capitol in Montgomery in an effort to expand voting rights. While they encountered much opposition, including a violent battle with the police often called "Bloody Sunday," they eventually made their mark. Five months after the historic march, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That turbulent period is now represented on the big screen in the Oscar®-nominated film Selma.

Watch as men and women who participated in the marches—or vividly remember seeing them on television—explain why people should see and discuss Selma.

Hear stories from people who were at the ground level of the civil rights marches
Published 01/19/2015
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