Gelatin silver print, wirephoto
Image: 17.1 x 22.6 cm (6 3/4 x 8 7/8 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.3 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.31
Clergy came from all over the country to join a voting rights march in Selma, Alabama.
A peaceful march seeking equal voting rights for Blacks set out from Selma toward Montgomery on March 7, 1965. They were soon attacked by state troopers with whips, nightsticks, and tear gas. Television and newspaper coverage of this brutal response inspired clergy and social activists from across the country to join another attempt to reach the state capitol. The protesters were again turned back on March 17 but completed the march on March 21-25.
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