The March to Montgomery

Pick 'em up and lay 'em down...
   All the way from Selma town.

[© James Karales]

"Turn-Around Tuesday"

[AP photo]
A federal marshal delivers injunction forbidding the march.

[Photographer unknown]

The 2nd attempt to march to Montgomery is forced to turn around on Tuesday, March 9th.

"The Berlin Wall"

[© John Kouns]

 

To prevent any further marching, the police stretch a rope across Sylvan Street outside of Brown Chapel. It is guarded by a line of cops. Anyone marching past the rope faces arrest, a beating, or worse.

[© John Phillips]

 

Around the clock — 24/7 — day after day, night after night, in freezing rain and blazing sun, the marchers press against the rope they call the "Berlin Wall."

[© Bob Adelman]


We're gonna stand here 'till it falls,
Till it falls,
Till it falls,
We're gonna stand here 'till it falls
In Selma, Alabama!

[© John Phillips]
[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo] Marchers attempt to circumvent the "wall."

[© John Kouns]

 

Sheriffs deputies and possemen stand ready to stop them.

Students open a "Second Front" in Montgomery

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

Black students from Tuskegee and Alabama State march on the capitol in Montgomery to demand voting rights.

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

 

Blocked and surrounded by cops in front of the capitol.

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

Confrontation at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]
[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

 

SNCC leader Jim Forman is arrested and dragged away.

Student Marchers Attacked in Montgomery

[Photographer unknown]

 

To support the embattled citizens of Selma, James Forman of SNCC calls on students from around the country to join those from Tuskegee Institute and Alabama State College in a mass student march in Montgomery. They are clubbed and arrested by posse, trooper, and cop.

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

[Photographer unknown]

Juniata College student leader Harriet Richardson and "poet-in- residence" Galway Kinnell after being beaten on the student march. College officials had opposed their participation and ordered them to remain at school.

They came anyway.

[Photographer unknown]
Mass march against police oppression to the Montgomery Sheriff's Department.

 

Marching to Montgomery

[© John Kouns]

 

March 21st. Marching out of Selma on the road to Montgomery.

[© Matt Herron

Thousands strong, the march crosses over the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

[Library of Congress]

[© Ivan Massar]
[© Bruce Davidson]

 

The March crosses Lowndes County, a stronghold of the Ku Klux Klan.

Population: 81% Black, 19% white.
Voter registration: Blacks 0, whites 2240 (118%)
[© John Phillips]

 

 

Lowndes County, Hiway-80 from Selma to Montgomery.

[© Spider Martin]
[© Spider Martin]
[© Bruce Davidson]

[Photograher unknown]

[© Matt Herron]

 

Dr. June Finer and other doctors & nurses of the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) administer first-aid to the marchers.

 

[© Stephen Somerstein]

 

Watching the March pass by.

[© Matt Herron]

[© Matt Herron]

[Photographer unknown]

[© Ivan Massar]

[Bruce Hartford]

[© John Phillips]

Through drenching rain and freezing cold...

[Photographer unknown]
[© Ivan Massar]
[© Matt Herron]

[© Matt Herron]

[© Matt Herron]

[Ken Thompson]

On the Jefferson Davis highway (US-80), approaching Montgomery.

[© John Kouns]

 

Welcoming the March into Montgomery
[© Stephen Somerstein]

 

Marching to the State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama.

[© Stephen Somerstein]

 

Break of Dawn at the Last Campsite, City of St. Jude School, Montgomery, Alabama.

[© Stephen Somerstein]

 

The March Forms Up for the Final Push to the Alabama State Capitol, March 25, 1965.

[© Stephen Somerstein]

 

Left front folded arms: Rev. Arthur Matott Presbyterian Minister, Perth Amboy, NJ
2nd left: John Lewis, Head of SNCC
3rd left, 2nd row: Andrew Young, SCLC
4th left, front: Sister Mary Leoline

[© Peter Pettus]
[Photographer unknown]
[© Stephen Somerstein]

 

[© Stephen Somerstein]

 

The marchers are not universally welcomed by all.

[© Stephen Somerstein]

[Photographer unknown]

25,000 strong, the March advances towards the Capitol building in Montgomery. [© Ivan Massar]


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