Last stop of the Selma to Montgomery March-State Capitol
Posted by: OHail
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Quick Description: The state capitol was the last stop of the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 1/3/2012 5:11:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMDEJ7
The capitol was the destination of the march. On Thursday, March 25, 25,000 people marched from St. Jude to the steps of the State Capitol Building.
There is where Dr. Martin Luther King told marchers that the journey was through but that the struggle for civil rights was far from over. He assured them that it would be won, though, and that it wouldn't be long. "How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever...How long? Not long. Because the arm of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
A 20-member committee, appointed by King, presented a list of grievances to Governor George Wallace as the marchers began to disperse. Thus the historic march came to an end, and participants from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe began their trek home. Within five months of this third march, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Sources: Wikipedia and America's Byways.