Alabama

In 1965 right here in Selma, Alabama about 600 people crossed this bridge to march fifty-four miles to Montgomery, Alabama for their right to vote.  They were met with violence and much resistance.  Martin Luther King led the march, by the time they arrived in the capitol of AL they were 25,000 people strong.  Less than 5 months later President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Selma, Alabama

The march

Becoming Junior Rangers after learning about civil rights and promising to practice their right to vote!

 

Next stop in Alabama is the Tuskegee Airmen National museum. They were a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II.  The Red Tails or the Red Tail Angels were their nicknames.  They have turned the old base into a museum with a few of their planes on display.  

Becoming junior rangers after learning about the Tuskegee Airmen