At the Alabama state capitol on March 25, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated the end of the Jim Crow system with about twenty-five thousand people. As he believed that segregation was about to be terminated, King declared that the southern blacks were about to attain a society that was “at peace with itself.” King's speech after the Selma-Montgomery protest was perceived to be the culmination of the civil rights movement. The federal protection of black voting rights and the public accommodation desegregation was achieved after a decade. After which, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed. King's Montgomery speech may be viewed as a beginning instead of an end as King asserted that there are many other developments that could be achieved such as desegregating schools and utilizing votes to modify a political system still dominated by those who advocate segregation. This book looks into the continuing struggle for civil rights after 1965.
Keywords: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Alabama, Jim Crow system, segregation, civil rights, black voting, public accommodations