Stephen Somerstein Selma to Montgomery March Photographs, 1965
Abernathy, Ralph 1926-1990
King, Martin Luther Jr. 1929-1968
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Silver gelatin on paper, 11" x 14"
.3 cu. ft. : 1 box
The 1965 Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March (actually three separate marches) was the culmination of a multi-year protest against alleged discriminatory voting registration practices in Dallas County, Alabama. Images in the news media of violence that took place in response to the march shocked Americans and influenced civil rights legislation and enforcement.
Twelve black-and-white images documenting the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March. Two photographs include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one showing him speaking behind microphones, the other showing the back of his head. Other images include John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, minister and civil rights leader Ralph D. Abernathy, and singer Joan Baez. Many of the images are scenes of speeches and the marchers, others are photographs of onlookers.
Stephen Somerstein Selma to Montgomery March Photographs, 1965, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist
Civil rights demonstrations
2012.3113 (NMAH Acc.)
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