March 20, 1965. LBJ holds a news conference from the LBJ Ranch to announce that he has federalized the Alabama National Guard at Governor Wallace’s request.
“I have called selected elements of the Alabama National Guard into Federal Service. Additionally, I have military police put in position at both Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, we have Federal marshals, FBI agents on duty in that area at this time….
“Over the next several days the eyes of the Nation will be upon Alabama, and the eyes of the world will be upon America. It is my prayer, a prayer in which I hope all Americans will join me earnestly today, that the march in Alabama may proceed in a manner honoring our heritage and honoring all for which America stands.”
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RESIDENT OF COMMUNITY ADJACENT TO U.S. STEEL PLANT. THE JOBS ARE HERE AND SO IS THE SMOKE, 07/1972
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency. (12/02/1970 - )
Smoke stacks tower over this man in Birmingham, AL. The caption says it all, “The jobs are here and so is the smoke”.
Plaintiffs’ Proposed Plan for March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 1965
This plan submitted to the court pertains to the march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in support of voting rights in 1965. In association with this lawsuit, the marchers submitted a plan for the court’s approval defining their proposed route, number of participants, distance covered per day, and other details.
Alfred and Willie, two young oyster fishers in Mobile Bay. A few, but not many of these youngsters are found on the oyster boats. Bayou La Batre, Ala., 02/23/1911
From the Series: National Child Labor Committee Photographs taken by Lewis Hine
On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a 42 year-old woman took a seat near the front of the bus (illustrated in this diagram) on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress. Before she reached her destination, she quietly set off a social revolution when the bus driver instructed her to move, and she refused. The bus driver called the police and they arrested Rosa Parks, an African American woman of unchallenged character.
The African-American community of Montgomery organized a boycott of the buses in protest of the discriminating treatment they had endured for years. The boycott, under the leadership of 26-year-old minister Martin Luther King, Jr., was a peaceful, coordinated protest that lasted 381 days and captured world attention.
November 16, 1972 - Memorandum Terminating the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
An infamous chapter in medical ethics, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study was begun in 1929 as a cooperative study involving the Public Health Service and state and local health departments in six Southern states. It evolved into a study of possible differences in the effects of the disease on Caucasians and African Americans. During the study a number of African American participants in Tuskegee, Alabama, with syphilis were left untreated but were observed, studied and compared to a control group which did not have the disease. The study continued until the 1970s when its existence was exposed to the public, resulting in Department of Health Education and Welfare and Congressional hearings on the ethics of medical experiments on human subjects.