Judge Frank M. Johnson: Judicial Fairness in the Age of Segregation
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
—Molton and Montgomery Streets —
In the 1965 case, Judge Johnson weighed the right of
mobility against the right to march, ruling in favor of
the demonstrators. He declared that the march led by
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery
for voting equity was "basic to our constitutional
principles." Judge Johnson received support from
President Lyndon B. Johnson, who authorized the
Alabama National Guard to serve as protection This
landmark decision paved the way forward for the march
and ultimately the civil rights movement.
"THE LAW IS CLEAR THAT THE RIGHT TO PETITION ONE'S GOVERNMENT FOR THE REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES MAY BE EXERCISED IN LARGE GROUPS AND THESE RIGHTS MAY BE EXERCISED BY MARCHING, EVEN ALONG PUBLIC HIGHWAYS."
Erected 2015 by the City of Montgomery. (Marker Number 9.)
Location. 32° 22.523′ N, 86° 18.779′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Catoma Street, on the right when traveling south on Montgomery Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Montgomery Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kahl Montgomery/Catoma Street Church of Christ (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tribute to Montgomery's "Foot Soldiers" (about 600 feet away); Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (about 600 feet away); The Five Points Area: A Unique Blend of Communities in 1965 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ladies Memorial Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First White House of the Confederacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montgomery County World War II Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Judge Frank Minis Johnson. (Submitted on December 7, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Politics •
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