Feb 16, 2021
Feb 16, 2021

Over the Bridge on Rights March: Marchers stream across the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River at Selma today on start of their five day, 50-mile march on the state capitol at Montgomery. The civil rights marchers, eight abreast, were led by Dr.

Over the Bridge on Rights March: Marchers stream across the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River at Selma today on start of their five day, 50-mile march on the state capitol at Montgomery. The civil rights marchers, eight abreast, were led by Dr. Martin Luther King, March 21, 1965

1965, printed 1990

Gelatin silver print

Image: 27.9 x 19.3 cm (11 x 7 5/8 in.); Paper: 29.2 x 20.2 cm (11 1/2 x 7 15/16 in.)

The Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead Annuity Trust 2021.20

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Despite the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banning racial discrimination in voting, Blacks in southern states were still being denied voting access in 1965.

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Protests demanding equal voting rights for Blacks were met with resistance, arrests, and sometime, violence. Alabama became the focus of these protests, culminating in the famous 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on March 21-25, 1965. Press coverage, especially photographs, aroused public awareness and helped lead, five months later, to passage of the national Voting Rights Act, which allowed Black voters to challenge restrictions and greatly strengthened their participation in elections.

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