On March 7, 1965, African Americans were attacked while marching to Montgomery to protest the racial disenfranchisement barring them from their 14th and 15th Amendment rights. Bloody Sunday, subsequent marches, and the death of Civil Rights advocates spread across the nation in headlines and television, fueling nationwide outrage. Lead by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on March 24, 1965, about 50,000 black and white protesters safely arrived from Selma to Montgomery capital.
The Selma Vote Button symbolizes the courage and perseverance of an oppressed community and the willingness of a nation to stop racial injustice. On August 6, 1965, Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, legislation that would enforce voting rights for citizens of all races.
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