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Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge
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Nov 20, 2009

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bookshelves: nonfiction, social-issues, history
Read in November, 2009

In 1965, segregation persisted in Alabama, and African Americans were often arrested while attempting to register to vote. This is the story of the grass roots civil rights movement in Selma, where children and teenagers were recruited to join adults in non-violent protest against absurd voter registration requirements. It's shocking to see photographs of young boys dressed in striped prison uniforms and chains after being arrested. Many of these young protesters were arrested multiple times. The author interviewed activists like Sheyann Webb, who was just 8 years old when she began skipping school to attend meetings of local civil rights organizations, and Charles Mauldin and Lynda Blackmon, teenage participants in the marches that would attract national attention in March 1965.

A wealth of photographs and quotes give you a taste of what it was like to witness the tragic Bloody Sunday march, and the triumphant march to Montgomery just two weeks later.

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