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Title: CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS


1
Fighting for Voting Rights
Essential Question What methods did civil rights
workers use to gain voting rights for
African-Americans in the South?
2
Gaining Voting Rights
  • Attorney General Robert Kennedy urged SNCC
    leaders to focus on voter registration rather
    than on protests
  • SNCC, CORE, and other groups founded the Voter
    Education Project (VEP) to register southern
    African Americans to vote
  • VEP was a successby 1964 they had registered
    more than a half million more African American
    voters.

3
Freedom Summer, 1964
  • Voting registration drive in Mississippi
  • Organized by SNCC
  • 3/4 of volunteers were northern white college
    students
  • 3 volunteers were murdered, African American
    James Chaney whites Michael Schwerner Andrew
    Goodman

4
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5
Selma Campaign
  • MLK Jr. and SCLC organized a march from Selma to
    Montgomery
  • Selma had a majority of blacks but made up only
    3 of the registered voters
  • 600 African Americans began the 54-mile march,
    but city and state police blocked their way out
  • TV cameras captured police brutality

6
Edmund Pettus Bridge Bloody Sunday
7
Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Outlawed use of discriminatory devices such as
    literacy tests and poll taxes and allowed federal
    officials to monitor voting registration
  • By the end of the year over 250,000 blacks had
    registered to vote

8
Talk to your neighbor
  1. What was Freedom Summer and what crisis occurred
    that summer?
  2. What was the purpose of the Selma campaign? What
    happened during the march?
  3. Why is the Voting Rights Act of 1965 significant?
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