Fight for the vote: 1963–64
Selma Voting Rights Movement
The first Selma-to-Montgomery March: "Bloody Sunday"
Jimmie Lee Jackson's death
Initiation and goals of the march
"Bloody Sunday" events
Second march: "Turnaround Tuesday"
Response to the second march
The march to Montgomery
Response to the third march
Days after the project was announced in February 1965, Selma police jailed Martin Luther King, Jr. After protests erupted, Hammermill officials met with civil rights leaders and successfully assured them that the mill would honor its long-standing tradition of being an equal opportunity employer.
Even if we pass this bill, the battle will not be over. What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and state of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause, too, because it is not just Negroes but really it is all of us who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.
...I looked over... and Martin was very quietly sitting in the chair, and a tear ran down his cheek. It was a victory like none other. It was an affirmation of the movement.