Day in the History of Racial Injustice

February 1, 1965 ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 250 Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 250 activists to the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama, to register to vote. All of them were arrested during the peaceful demonstration and charged with parading without a permit. In a letter written from the local jail that same night, and later published in the New York Times, Dr. King decried the racist conditions in Selma and observed that “there are more Negroes in jail with me than there are on the voting rolls.”

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