Civil Rights: The Aim: Registration

To begin the 1965 civil rights drive, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King chose the town of Selma (pop. 29,500), deep in Alabama's black belt. It was a deliberate choice — and it brought results, up to a point.

For long years, Selma could have served as the model of unyielding resistance to civil rights progress. After the Supreme Court school-desegregation decision in 1954, it was the first Ala bama town to organize a white Citizens Council, which has kept Selma as stubbornly segregated as any community in the nation. From his Selma...

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