This Week in Heroes; Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hello everyone!

This week’s event in heroism is the successful completion of Martin Luther King Jr’s third march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. The goal of the marches was to reach Governor George Wallace and get his attention towards the injustice Blacks were getting in Selma.

selma_to_montgomery_marches.jpgThe members of the march walked 54 miles from March 21st through to the 25th. At the end of the march, King delivered his “How Long, Not Long” speech over 25,000 people. King spoke of how important their non-violent protests were to the cause.

Within 5 months of the march, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which was, at the time, a landmark in the civil rights movement.