The Civil Rights Of African Americans

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The term civil rights is very broad when it comes a definition. It has many different aspects as in to what it can mean, from integration all the way to voting rights of African Americans. My main point is to focus on the Selma Marches from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama, but also to dig deeper in to it to find the significance of a certain day, the day was called “Bloody Sunday.” I want to find out the historical situation behind the marchers who were beat and killed on that day. Racism defined in many different variations and means different things to certain people is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to the race, which is the same as racial stereotyping. Since the 50s and…show more content…
This was a very peaceful march that was caused by the Voting Rights Movement for African Americans in Selma. In Selma, African Americans made up more than half the population, but only a mere two percent were actual registered voters. Discrimination and intimidation tactics aimed at African American kept them from registering and voting. The demonstrators marched to demand fairness in voter registration. With over half the population of Selma being African American there is no reason or excuse besides ignorance for why only two percent had the right to vote. To give sort of a background to leading up to the march, in 1963 a group of community activists formed the "Dallas County Improvement Association" Dallas County being the actual county that Selma is in. With the goal of having "White" and "Colored" signs removed from public buildings, an investigation of police brutality against Africans Americans, and increased access to jobs and voter registration. Local officials ignored the Association 's concerns.

At the invitation of the Improvement Association, Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also known as the (SCLC) chose Selma as a locus for civil rights demonstrations in 1964. The mayor of Selma, along with the chief of police, kept the government response mild. For many reason the mayor did not want the bad publicity that violent confrontations between demonstrators and
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