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Selma: A Year Later (06:31)


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march from Selma to Montgomery to show the inequality in Alabama. A year later, the Civil Rights Voting Act passed but not much else has changed.

African-American Burdens (08:59)

Africa-Americans make little money sharecropping. Most Alabama residents are born in their homes because it is cheaper than a hospital, which leads to higher infant mortality.

Farming Hardships (08:05)

Most southern African-Americans take other jobs in addition to farming because it does not pay well enough. The job opportunities are limited for African-Americans compared to whites.

Education (06:46)

Most African-American children miss about a month of school a year to help on the farm. African-American attendance is not required, and their schools are not integrated.

Dependency on Whites (07:50)

With poor schools and little job options, African-Americans are dependent on whites for jobs and land as they have been for generations. The system has made it difficult to break the dependency.

Organizing (07:00)

A government program to reduce cotton farming has led to sharecroppers being kicked off their land by white landowners. The displaced farmers have started to organize.

The Vote (07:16)

More than half a million African-Americans were registered to vote one year after the right was granted. More than 1,000 showed up to vote in the Alabama primary election, but few votes were cast for African-American candidates.

The Future (05:10)

Many sharecroppers are uncertain about their futures because their jobs and homes could be taken at any time. Civil Rights activities have had little long-term effects so far.

Credits: Lay My Burden Down (00:56)

Credits: Lay My Burden Down

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One year after the dramatic Selma-to-Montgomery march and the ensuing Voting Rights Act of 1965, rural black citizens are no less hungry, no better educated, and no more powerful politically.

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL145178

Copyright date: ©1966

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