Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom
A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, yet the fragile coalition of religious leaders and student organizers is on the verge of collapse with serious rifts over tactics.

Chronology:
December 10, 1964: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

January 1965: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and outhern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) join forces in voter registration campaign in Selma.

February 1965: March in Marion, Alabama; Jimmy Lee Jackson is shot and dies within a week.

March 7, 1965: 600 people gather at Brown Chapel of the AME Church in Selma to begin march to Montgomery -- repelled by Alabama State Troopers at Edmund Pettus Bridge ("Bloody Sunday").

March 9, 1965: In second attempt to march to Montgomery, 2,000 marchers are stopped at Pettus Bridge and retreat peacefully. That night, Unitarian minister James Reeb is beaten by hostile whites; he dies two days later.

March 13, 1965: George Wallace, governor of Alabama, meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington, DC.

March 15, 1965: President Johnson requests passage of Voting Rights Bill.

March 21, 1965: 3,200 gather for the march from Selma to Montgomery, they arrive March 25.

August 6, 1965: President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act.

August 11-16, 1965: Riots in Watts, Los Angeles.

Key interviews:
James Forman, SNCC
Joseph Smitherman, mayor of Selma
Nicholas Katzenbach, US attorney general
Frederick D. Reese, Selma Teachers Association
The Rev. C.T. Vivian, SCLC organizer
Jim Clark, sheriff of Dallas County, Alabama
Andrew Young, SCLC organizer
George Wallace, governor of Alabama
The Rev. Orloff Miller, Unitarian minister
Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure), SNCC
Burke Marshall, assistant US attorney general
John Lewis, SNCC


Additional Links:
http://www.voterights.org/
http://www.voterights.org/literacy.html Sample Literacy Test
http://alabamatotem.org/directory/selma/civilrights.htm
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/intro/intro_b.htm Voting Rights Act of 1965