Today in History–March 7–the Library of Congress features the first civil rights march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery, which was led on this day in 1965. Unfortunately, the marchers, which numbered about 600, had scarcely left Selma when they were were brutally assaulted by heavily armed state troopers and deputies. The ugly incident garnered national attention and just two weeks later marchers regrouped and marched under protection of the National Guard. On March 25, 1965, 25,000 gathered at the Montgomery capitol in support of voting rights. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below.
The First March From Selma March 7, 1965 from America’s Library
Teaching Selma: A Civil Rights Struggle Captured in Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress blog February 18, 2015
Teaching Selma: Remembrances and Memorials Teaching with the Library of Congress blog February 19, 2015
“I got one of ‘em just as she almost made it back to the church“ cartoon by Herb Block March 9, 1965
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March streaming webcast with transcript
Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights more primary source collections