Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by David J. Garrow“The work of David J. Garrow is more than a day-by-day account of how the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 came into being. It is also a skillful analysis of the dynamics of protest activity and more particularly of the ways in which successful protesters deliberately use the mass media to influence uninvolved audiences.” –American Historical Review
“A valuable book, because it is a reminder of both the heroism and the brutality displayed in the great civil rights crusade.” –David Herbert Donald, The New Republic
“One of the most comprehensive studies yet of a single campaign within the civil-rights movement.” –Pat Watters, New York Times Book Review
“An excellent fusion of important theoretical constructs with careful and thoughtful empirical analysis. A desirable addition to most college libraries, useful for a variety of courses….Thoroughly documented. Recommended.” –Choice
Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights
When President Lyndon B. On Aug. Between and , seven southern states had constitutional amendments that established poll taxes and grandfather clauses—which gave leeway to poor whites looking to vote, as long as their ancestors had voted before —and stripped African Americans of their voting rights. In , Slate published what appeared to be an original copy of the type of literacy test that was administered in Louisiana during the long period before the passage of the Voting Rights Act. When these sneaky laws were in place, black voter registration and participation plummeted throughout the south. And with the law on their side, segregationists in the South began to use more overt, and at times violent, tactics to keep blacks from voting.
On 6 August President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into The law came seven months after Martin Luther King launched a Southern.
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In January , Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Sunday, March 7, as part of this campaign, mostly black protesters, not including King, tried to march across the Pettus Bridge, just outside Selma, only to be stopped by state troopers and local lawmen, who attacked them with tear gas and clubs.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. During the summer of , a coalition of civil rights groups and almost a thousand student volunteers converged in Mississippi to register African-American voters. The following year, to sustain the focus on the plight of African-American voters in the South, civil rights leaders marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Let us march on segregated housing Yes, sir until every ghetto or social and economic depression dissolves, and Negroes and whites live side by side in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Let us march on poverty Let us march until no American parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat. Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs Yes, sir will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.