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After the Dream
Timothy J. MinchinJohn A. Salmond
University Press of Kentucky

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

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