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Selma to Montgomery

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FC: Selma To Montgomery | By: Marisa, Jonathan, and Ali

1: After an unsuccessful march out of Selma, Alabama on March 9th, Martin Luther King, Jr. came to help the civil right activists. He took the matter to court trying to get permission to march from Selma to Montgomery. At last, on March 21,1965 about 3,200 people marched from Selma to Montgomery, and on March 25th they reached Montgomery. During this period, Martin Luther King was making effective speeches to encourage people. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a speech telling the Alabama citizens to join him in a march from Selma to Montgomery to get African - Americans the right to vote. | The Historical Background

3: May 15, 1965 Dear Uncle Martin, I’m starved. We could not even get into one restaurant. Every night we have to eat at home! I was on the floor crying, and they still would not let us in! We are treated like we’re not even people, just because we used to be slaves, and don’t have a lot of money. I hope our protest is working, and the government is realizing that all people should be treated equally. We marched in from Selma to Montgomery. I got so tired. My dad had to carry me on on his shoulders part of the way. My family asked me if I wanted a break, but I said, “NO!” I wanted to stay, and march for my freedom, my family’s freedom, and the freedom of all blacks. Love, Paula

5: July, 1965 Dear Journal, I have learned many things from James Karales. I met him and he informed me that his picture, Selma-to-Montgomery, was to tell everyone that black people needed their rights. It meant he was fighting for the black peoples’ rights. He took a picture of the event where the blacks were marching to have justice. I have learned from the artist that pictures can’t just be pretty, they have to have a meaning. They have to express how the artist feels. He took the picture to show the whites that the blacks were suffering to get their freedom. He put himself in their shoes. His photo is a mix of history and a magnificent piece of art. He’s saying that since we’re all humans, we need to treat each other equally. He wants blacks to be free. Sincerely, Jonathan Lum

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