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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
After the Dream
Author(s):
Timothy J. MinchinJohn A. Salmond
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129785.003.0001

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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