Alabama — Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Although Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin wrote these words 240 years ago, neither man would live to see this statement truly fulfilled. Even today, whether we truly have equality is questioned, but there’s no doubt we as a nation have come a long way. The Civil Rights Movement was a big part of this, and some of the most important individual events were the three marches in Alabama in March of 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of supporters made the 54-mile journey from Selma to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery to fight for African-American citizens’ right to vote. It is now recognized as the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, part of the National Park Service, which operates two centers in Selma and Lowndes County in commemoration of the marches.