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Selma Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

A civil rights marcher suffering from exposure to tear gas holds an unconscious Amelia Boynton Robinson after mounted police officers attacked marchers in Selma, Ala., as they were beginning a 50-mile march to Montgomery to protest race discrimination in voter registration.

The Voting Rights Act was signed 55 years ago. Black women led the movement behind it.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA Today — In March of 1965, Amelia Boynton Robinson walked with hundreds of other protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Boynton Robinson, who planned the march from Selma to the Alabama capital of Montgomery along with Rev. C.T. Vivian and others, was struck with a baton by Alabama state troopers that day. “They came from the right, the left, the front and started beating people,” she told The Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP, in…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Righteous and Relentless Struggle: Reflections on the Principle and Practice

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — (Remembering, reflecting and recommitting.) We cannot say it too often, stress it too much and certainly must never downplay in any way the definitive, determining and decisive role the principle and practice of righteous and relentless struggle have played in the self-conception, self-construction and self-assertion of our people and our organization Us, and the persons called into being and cultivated by both. For among the most defining…

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John Marshall High School, in Milwaukee, on election day.

Selma 1965, Wisconsin 2020: Multiracial Democracy vs. A White Republic

By Editors' Choice

By Max Elbaum, Organizing Upgrade — I have never been prouder of the people of my home state than over the last twelve days. I went to John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, class of 1964. It was after coming home from school one day that I watched on television as non-violent Civil Rights protesters were attacked with dogs and fire hoses in Birmingham, Alabama. A few weeks after I…

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Faya Rose Toure

Selma Attorney Faya Rose Toure Arrested For Removing a Campaign Sign Illegally Placed in Front of Tabernacle Baptist Church

By News & Current Affairs

Toure Remains in Jail Protesting the Unjust and Illegal Actions of  the City of Selma Against Her and Other Selma Residents   Statement of Senator Hank Sanders, Toure’s Attorney and Husband Montgomery, AL –Several weeks ago, someone called our law office multiple times and threatened to kill Faya Rose Toure. The same person also called the Z105.3 FM radio station and threatened to kill Faya Rose. Complaints were made to…

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Faya Ora Rose Touré Talks to IBW’s Don Rojas About “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama 50 Years Ago

By News & Current Affairs, Video/Audio

Faya Ora Rose Touré Interview (Part 1) Faya Ora Rose Touré Interview (Part 2) Faya Ora Rose Touré Interview (Part 3) About Faya Ora Rose Touré Attorney, civil rights and education activist, songwriter, playwright Faya Ora Rose Touré is a Harvard-educated Civil Rights activist and litigation attorney who has worked on some of the highest-profile civil rights cases to come before the courts. Touré—who spent most of her career…

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