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,
Erected 2015 by the City of Montgomery. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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 James Marion Sims (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5, 6. submitted on December 11, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.