Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Selma Movement (The Beginning)

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: at the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. 80) and Water Avenue, Selma, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 24.384    W 087° 01.144
  32.4064    -87.01906666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNCBW


The major civil rights protest, which focused national attention on the issue of racial discrimination in voting & led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, was centered in Selma.

In January of 1963 local citizens organized a voter registration class & by February others were in Selma to assist with registration. Local law officials & blacks seeking to register to vote soon clashed & this received widespread news coverage.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Selma in January of 1965 to lead the drive for the vote. This began the marches to the Dallas County Courthouse, the great number of arrests, the ensuing violence, & the national media attention on Selma & the issue of voter registration.

(Erected 1990 by the City of Selma)


Two sided marker: The prize

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Wikipedia - African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968)
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Wikipedia - Nonviolent resistance

Wikipedia - List of African American historic places in South Carolina
Wikipedia - NAACP

End of The Selma Movement (The Beginning)