Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Thousands Protest at the Seat of Government
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
—Dexter Avenue —
Standing in the shadow of the seat of government, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. faced the tired yet jubilant marchers and delivered his now iconic speech, "How Long, Not Long."
After delivering the speech and as millions watched throughout the world, King and the marchers approached the entrance to the state capitol with a petition for Governor Wallace. A line of state troopers blocked the door, declaring the governor was not in. The marchers stood firm until one of Wallace's secretaries appeared and took the petition.
Following the march in Montgomery, President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed for lasting civil rights change in Washington D.C through the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Signed into law August 6, 1965, it prohibited most of the practices used to prevent blacks from registering to vote, and provided for federal registrars to go to Alabama and other states with a history of voting-related discrimination to ensure that the law was implemented.
Location. 32° 22.654′ N, 86° 18.087′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and South Bainbridge Street, on the right when traveling east on Dexter Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); Black Members of the Alabama Legislature Who Served During The Reconstruction Period of 1868-1879 (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Selma-to-Montgomery March (within shouting distance of this marker); John Allan Wyeth (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); James Marion Sims (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Selma to Montgomery March. (Submitted on December 7, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Politics •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5, 6. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.