Remembering Selma, Alabama And The Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965


The 2014 release of the movie “Selma” and the national attention given to the 50th Anniversary of the civil-rights march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, provided a background for celebrating the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In recognition thereof, the United States Disctrict Court for the District of New Jersey and this Society sponsored a panel discussion that addressed the Montgomery to Selma, Alabama marches that took place in 1965. That discussion took place in March, 2015, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building & United States Courthouse in Newark. The location was particularly appropriate given Dr. King’s integral involvement with the events discussed.