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Webisode 15: We Shall Overcome
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Selma to Montgomery
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The President announces that he is sending a voting rights bill to Congress. Check The Source - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 Then he speaks to the 70 million people who listen on television. It's not just Negroes, he says. It's really all of us who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And he finishes by quoting the title of the great civil rights song: "We Shall Overcome." Check The Source - "And We Shall Overcome" Martin Luther King and his friends are among those watching. One of King's colleagues told the story: "We were all sitting together. Martin was very quietly sitting in his chair, and a tear ran down his cheek. It was a victory like none other."

Six days later, 4,000 people, black and white, march from the Pettus Bridge in Selma to Montgomery See It Now - Selma to Montgomery , camping out at night and singing songs of freedom. This time National Guardsmen protect them. By the time they reach the capital, See It Now - Arriving at the State Capitol 25,000 people have joined the march. Rosa Parks is there, and so are many who, ten years earlier, walked through winter's bluster and summer's heat rather than ride Montgomery's segregated buses. Martin Luther King, Jr., was then an unknown preacher. He is now world famous.


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The marchers in Selma, Alabama began their march to Washington at Brown's Chapel with a prayer.


Did you know that Freedom is adapted from the award-winning Oxford University Press multi-volume book series, A History of US by Joy Hakim?



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