Gelatin silver print, wirephoto
Image: 16.5 x 21.7 cm (6 1/2 x 8 9/16 in.); Paper: 17 x 21.7 cm (6 11/16 x 8 9/16 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.32
In January 1965, Selma, Alabama, became the focus of efforts to register Black voters.
Despite the fact that protests seeking equal voting rights for Blacks were peaceful, by the end of February, 3,000 protestors had been arrested. In March, Sheriff Jim Clark ordered his men to attack marchers with whips, nightsticks, and tear gas. Clark’s obituary in the New York Times remarks that his “violent, highly public attempts to maintain the status quo there in the Jim Crow era are widely believed to have contributed, however inadvertently, to the success of the voting rights movement.”
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