On March 7th, 1965, approximately six hundred people began what would become one of the most well-known events in civil rights history: a fifty-four mile march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery for equal voting rights. Met with violent resistance by state and local authorities, the nation watched as those marching were attacked, left bloodied and severely injured in a day that would come to be remembered as ‘Bloody Sunday.’ This march was one of the key moments in civil rights history but the fight for civil rights still continues today.
Forty-seven years later, from March 4th – 9th, immigrant rights, civil rights and workers rights leaders will gather in Alabama and march from Selma to Montgomery once again to commemorate the anniversary of this historic march. In addition to highlighting voting rights, this year’s march will also uplift other movements including immigrant rights, emphasizing the fight against Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, HB 56.
Joined by the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) and Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS), NAKASEC will attend the march in solidarity with the broader civil rights and worker rights movements with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.
A timeline of the march is below:
- March 4th = Rally and march begins in Selma, Montgomery
- March 5th – 8th =Selma to Montgomery (On the 8th, immigration will be highlighted as an issue during the march)
- March 9th = Arrive in Montgomery and rally at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
For more information on the upcoming march, please visit here.