Picturing America: Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:00pm

selmatomontgomeryOn Sunday, March 21, 1965, 8,000 people started a 54-mile march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., in order to obtain voting rights for African Americans. It was the third attempt to trek from Selma to Montgomery. By the time they reached Montgomery, they were 25,000 strong, and had paved the way for the achievement of civil rights for African Americans. 

This program will focus on the reasons people were marching for the voting rights of African Americans, and the bravery and conviction of these people.

We will describe, analyze and interpret the photograph "Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965" by James Karales, read the books A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson, and This is the Dream by Diane Shore. We will listen to a recording of the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome," and we will discuss what children would march 54 miles for.

This program is for children 8 and older.