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Selma: The 54-Mile March for Voting Rights

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On March 6, 1965, civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. embarked on a historic march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery, which ultimately led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. The film Selma, set for nationwide release on January 9, 2015, chronicles their efforts to secure the right to vote for African Americans, even in the face of violent opposition.

Use the free resources in this Reel to Real, including reference articles, primary sources, and a scholarly perspective on the Voting Rights Act, to guide your students through an in-depth exploration of this transformative time in U.S. history.

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