Key Principles and connection points:
1. Connecting the past to the present
2. Historical relevance and connection.
3. The March from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, led by John Lewis, was 54 miles. The March included three events
between March 7-March 25, 1965.
a. March 7th- Bloody Sunday
b. March 9th-Turnback Tuesday
c. March 21-25 was the actual Selma to Montgomery March–Ending with 25,000 people meeting in Montgomery on the steps of the capital of Alabama.
4. John Lewis New York Times article-“Together you can redeem the soul of this nation”
5. US Constitution
6. Civil Rights key laws and history
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▪ Create a movement that will inspire and educate communities and will drive social/racial equity, improved humanity, and greater civic engagement.
▪ Increase voter registration in the communities in which we live and work.
▪ Increase resilience, perspective and purpose for the work ahead for our Democracy
▪ Increase voter participation
▪ Improve base understanding of our US Constitution, which is the law of the land
▪ To have 2.5 million participants which is 100 times more than the Selma to Montgomery March
▪ Increased participation in the Census of 2020
The route from Selma to Montgomery
Inspiration for “The Power of 54”
March 7th – Bloody Sunday
March 9th – Turnback Tuesday
March 21-25th – March from Selma to Montgomery:
The Selma to Montgomery marches were three protest marches, held in 1965, along the 54-mile highway from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. 25,000 people met on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol Building to protest voting rights discrimination.
Distance between Selma to Montgomery = 54 miles
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