Some 3,200 people, whites and Negroes, moved out of Selma, Alabama, Sunday afternoon (March 21) on the first leg of a 50-mile march to the state capital, Montgomery, to protest restrictions on Negro voting.
Church - people in front of it
Martin Luther King at speakers rostrum
Start of march
M.L. King marching
Crowd marching behind car
Guardsmen pan to marchers
Marchers crossing bridge
Guardsmen watching march
Marchers stopping beside road
Marchers sitting and eating near road
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Background: Some 3,200 people, whites and Negroes, moved out of Selma, Alabama, Sunday afternoon (March 21) on the first leg of a 50-mile march to the state capital, Montgomery, to protest restrictions on Negro voting.
U.S. Army troops and Alabama National Guardsmen ordered into federal service were on hand to protect the marchers in Selma and along the highway leading to Montgomery. In a talk at the start of the march, Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, the leader of the demonstration, said: "Walk together children. Don't you get weary, and it will lead us to the promised land. And Alabama will be a new Alabama, and America will be a new America."
Around their necks the march leaders were leis, presented by sympathizers from Hawaii. A sign in the procession said: "Hawaii knows, integration works".
A federal court authorized the march, and President Johnson sent in troops to protect the marchers. On the first march attempt two weeks ago state troopers broke up the protest with clubs and tear gas. This Sunday the state troopers were on hand too, but they limited themselves to helping federal troops handle traffic.
The marchers including U.S. Undersecretary Ralph Banche and a number of other eminent people, covered seven miles the first day. Most of them went back to Selma at night, while the remaining 300 camped out. Many of those who returned to Selma will rejoin the march later.