AboutTo commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, our student reporters study this famous march and its connection to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. They participate in the Selma 50th Anniversary Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee and interview march participants Sheyann Webb and Congressman John Lewis about their experiences during Bloody Sunday. Dr. Gwendolyn Patton, SNCC organizer and participant in the Selma to Montgomery March, and David C. Carter, civil rights scholar and Associate Professor at Auburn University Department of History, answer viewer questions.
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Discussion Questions (These are the questions in the Kahoot and Quizizz, if you prefer to use them without the interactives.)
- The first attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights is known by what term? Why is that term used?
- Which civil rights leader was one of the leaders of the Bloody Sunday March?
- How many march attempts were made by the marchers from Selma to Montgomery?
- The Selma to Montgomery Marches contributed to the passage of what Act of Congress?
For additional educational resources visit these sites:
National Archives: John Lewis - March from Selma to Montgomery, "Bloody Sunday," 1965
National Park Services: Voting Rights Act of 1965
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom: Civil Rights Movement Unit:
Lesson 4: Marching for Justice - Selma to Montgomery
Teaching Tolerance: Selma | The Bridge to the Ballot
Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement is made possible through the generous support of:
- Alabama Humanities Foundation, a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
- American Graduate, a program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- Daniel Foundation of Alabama
- Jefferson County Cy Pres Fund
- Robert Meyer Foundation
- Stephens Foundation
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