The March to Montgomery

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

"Turn-Around Tuesday"

A federal marshal delivers injunction forbidding the march.

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

"The Berlin Wall"


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.


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."

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!

Holding the line at the "Berlin Wall."


Sheriffs deputies and possemen ready to contain any breakout attempt.

Students open a "Second Front" in Montgomery

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


Blocked and surrounded by cops in front of the capitol.

Confrontation at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church


SNCC leader Jim Forman is arrested and dragged away.

Student Marchers Attacked in Montgomery


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.

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.

Mass march against police oppression to the Montgomery Sheriff's Department.


Marching to Montgomery


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

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


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

Population: 81% Black, 19% white.
Voter registration: Blacks 0, whites 2240 (118%)



Lowndes County, Hiway-80 from Selma to Montgomery.


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



Watching the March pass by.

Through drenching rain and freezing cold...

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


Welcoming the March into Montgomery


Marching to the State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama.


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


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


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



The marchers are not universally welcomed by all.

25,000 strong, the March advances towards the Capitol building in Montgomery.



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