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Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Lessons, Activities & Other Curriculum Resources for Teaching About the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, Nonviolent Activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and More


Found In: arts, language arts, social studies, PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

On February 18, 1965, an Alabama State Trooper shot and killed Jimmie Lee Jackson during a protest march to Jackson from Selma to Montgomery with the purpose of talking to Governor George Wallace about Jackson.

Wallace declared the march a threat to public safety, and as a consequence, the first attempted march led by John Lewis was forcibly stopped at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. March 7th became known as Bloody Sunday. One more attempt failed before the successful March 21st march with Martin Luther King, John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, Ralph Bunche, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Maurice Davis and thousands of others.

March 2016 marks the 51st Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches. The following lessons and resources will help students celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women involved.



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Last updated: February 2, 2017

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