Selma to Montgomery: Marching Along the Voting Rights Trail on Display through February 2016
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 29, 2015) — Selma to Montgomery: Marching Along the Voting Rights Trail opens to the public on Saturday, October 3 at the Muhammad Ali Center. The exhibit, which runs through February 28, 2016, chronicles a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama to the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery on March 25, 1965. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the Capitol building where local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had been campaigning for voting rights.
Selma to Montgomery: Marching Along the Voting Rights Trail documents this quest for equality and social justice and reveals the history leading up to the march through 51 photographs. Historic photographs include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Clarence Williams, Cleveland Robinson, John Lewis, Juanita Abernathy, Ralph Abernathy, and others. These images of the Selma to Montgomery march are included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org
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