• July 2, 1964

    Civil Rights Act

    lbj-kingPresident Lyndon B. Johnson signs the landmark Civil Rights Act, but many parts of the South ignore the new law.
  • July 6, 1964

    Trouble in Selma

    In Selma, Alabama, activist John Lewis leads a group of about 50 black residents to the Dallas County courthouse, where they attempt to register to vote -- but instead are arrested by Sheriff Jim Clark.
  • July 9, 1964

    Selma Outlaws Meetings

    As the result of an outrageous court ruling, Civil Rights meetings and demonstrations become "illegal" in Dallas County. Judge James Hare forbids gatherings of more than two people for the purpose of discussing voter registration or other race-related matters.
  • October 14, 1964

    The Nobel Prize

    peaceMartin Luther King, Jr., is named recipient of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Peace. Many white Americans are stunned.
  • December 10, 1964

    King in Oslo

    Martin Luther King., Jr.MLK accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
  • January 2, 1965

    “The Selma Movement”

    In defiance of the Dallas County ban on Civil Rights meetings, Martin Luther King, Jr., addresses a large crowd at Brown Chapel. It is the official start of the Selma Voting Rights Movement.
  • February 18, 1965

    Melee in Marion

    Local and state police attack 500 peaceful demonstators in downtown Marion, Alabama. During the melee, Jimmie Lee Jackson, 26, is shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler.
  • February 21, 1965

    King visits Jackson

    Three days after his shooting, Jimmie Lee Jackson is conscious and appears to be recovering when he is visited by Martin Luther King, Jr., at Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma.
  • February 26, 1965

    Death of Jimmy Lee Jackson

    Jimmie Lee JacksonMore than a week after being shot, and under strange circumstances, Jimmie Lee Jackson suddenly dies at Good Samaritan Hospital.
  • March 3, 1965

    Funeral of Jimmie Lee Jackson

    Speaking at the funeral of Jimmie Lee Jackson, MLK calls the dead man "a martyred hero of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity."
  • March 7, 1965

    “Bloody Sunday”

  • March 9, 1965

    “Turnaround Tuesday”

    MLK leads about 2,5000 over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where they pray before being again being turned back by trooopers -- this time without violence.
  • March 11, 1965

    Death of James Reeb

  • March 17, 1965

    Bill Introduced in Congress

  • March 17, 1965

    Judge Approves March

    Lifting his earlier injunction on First Amendment grounds, federal Judge Frank Johnson rules Civil Rights protesters may march from Selma to Montgomery.
  • March 21, 1965

    Selma to Montgomery – Day 1

  • March 22, 1965

    Selma to Montgomery – Day 2

  • March 23, 1965

    Selma to Montgomery – Day 3

  • March 24, 1965

    Selma to Montgomery – Day 4

  • March 25, 1965

    Death of Viola Liuzzo

  • March 25, 1965

    Selma to Montgomery – Day 5

  • August 4, 1965

    Congress Passes Bill

  • August 6, 1965

    Voting Rights Act

  • August 15, 1965

    LBJ: “We Shall Overcome”

    President Johnson Addresses Congress