Have Noth­ing To Lose But Our Chains

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - It's Personal -

by Brooke Ariel Baker, DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine di­rec­tion leads to­wards a path where my chil­dren will only readad about po­lice bru­tal­ity. Raciall pro­fil­ing will not plague my peo­ple and equal­ity in our jus­tice sys­tem will fi­nally be re­al­ized. I am not vi­o­lent. I am re­silient.

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally de­seg­re­gated the South, dis­crim­i­na­tion was still ram­pant in cer­tain ar­eas, mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult for blacks to reg­is­ter to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city be­came the bat­tle­ground in the fight for suf­frage. De­spite vi­o­lent op­po­si­tion, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his fol­low­ers pressed for­ward on an epic march from Selma to Mont­gomery, and their ef­forts cul­mi­nated in Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son sign­ing the Vot­ing Rights Act of 1965.

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