Archive - 1965 Selma Marches
On March 22nd, 1965, 300 Civil Rights demonstrators began a march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol of Montgomery to confront local institutions which obstructed African Americans from registering to vote. Three days later, their number had swelled to more than 25,000 as they gathered at the state capitol building to listen to a speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. and deliver a petition to segregationist Governor George Wallace.
This march was the third attempted in 1965. The first was made on March 7th when state and county police impeded and then attacked demonstrators at Selma's...