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Voting Rights Campaign, Montgomery, AL, March 1965:
Glen Pearcy Collection, 1965-1988 (AFC 2012/040)

About this Collection

Glen Pearcy captured these unique images of the historic Voting Rights Campaign in Alabama in March 1965. The campaign to secure the right to vote for disenfranchised African Americans was highlighted by protest marches from Selma to the state's capital in Montgomery as well as brutal suppression of marchers and murders of civil rights activists. These events, and the national outrage they sparked, were instrumental in the passage of the Voting Rights Act in August of that year. Pearcy's photographs from the front lines of the struggle in Montgomery were shot between the events of "Bloody Sunday" on March 7 and the triumphant march from Selma to Montgomery two weeks later. Pearcy's images capture dramatic scenes of college student activists, local residents, hundreds of clergy, and notable civil rights leaders pitted against the forces of the law and some of their fellow Alabamans who were determined not to give in to the protesters' demands for justice and equality. We invite patrons to help flesh out the historical record by identifying people, places and dates and leaving comments in the blog post. Please refer to the specific image identification number when providing such information and right-click the mouse to view a larger image. NOTE: There are now (April 2015) several participants who have been identified, either by themselves, colleagues and staff at their alma maters.

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Marchers with "One Man, One Vote" signs & police, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_067_11.jpg)

Harriet Richardson (l) & SNCC singers, 03/16/1965, Jackson St. Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_042_23.jpg)

Students singing freedom songs at SNCC meeting , 03/19/1965,Jackson St. Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_067_21.jpg)

Montgomery police wait for demonstrators, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_063_17)

Students sing freedom songs during police confrontation, 03/16/ 1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_045_34.jpg)

Georgetown Univ and other students confront police, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_045_31.jpg)

Sam Carcione (l), Juniata College, PA, assists fellow marcher, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_046_41.jpg)

Toni Merlo, Mount Mercy College, PA, (l) holds the arm of poet Galway Kinnell, after police charge, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_046_43.jpg)

Students on the march, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_063_08.jpg)

Sign of the times on the outskirts of Selma, 3/17-18/1965, Selma, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_059_16.jpg)

White counter-protestors make their views of the freedom struggle plain, 03/17-18/ 1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_060_09.jpg)

Counter-protesters demonstrate in the streets near the Capitol, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_060_11.jpg)

Marching on the Capitol ,03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_063_11.jpg)


March preparation: students standing on sidewalk, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_045_25.jpg)

Protestors wait in between marches, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_053_05.jpg)


(l-r) Demonstrators on the Sidewalk, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_045_12.jpg)


Children at rally with SNCC hard hat, 03/117-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_067_25.jpg)


Sister DeLellis & Barbara K. O'Connor (King) in foregound, Mount Mercy College, PA, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_046_08.jpg)

Tensions mount as police stop marchers, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL;Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_047_22.jpg)

Students stand in solidarity, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_045_35.jpg)

Demonstrators regroup on the street, 03/16/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_048_10.jpg)

Clergyman and demonstrators wait on the sidewalk, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040__052_02.jpg)

Watching and waiting on the streets, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_052_27.jpg)

Students wait on building steps, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_065_10.jpg)

Marchers on the move, 03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_063_07.jpg)

Crowds listen to speeches at rally,
03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_056_19.jpg)

Crowds react to speeches at rally,
03/17-18/1965, Montgomery, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_057_22.jpg)

Staff meeting of Southwest Georgia Project, Albany GA, 1967; Charles Sherrod, (left , head down reading); Shirley Sherrd, (right, at head of table), Susan Pearcy(standing, striped shirt); Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_204_18.jpg)

 

Joe Pfister, Union Theological Seminary, with local kids, Worh County, GA, 1967; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_172_02.jpg)

Glen Pearcy, Southwest Georgia Project volunteer, AL; Glen Pearcy Collection (afc2012040_203_27.jpg)

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