• We Won't Be Stopped!

    Selma To Montgomery

    National Historic Trail Alabama

Voting Rights Act Story

Joanne Bland: The Voting Rights Act was signed August 6, 1965, right? An election was held in ’66. And I started complaining then. You know, I used that in the sense of my people, started complaining then. “Ooh, they’re cheating. Ooh, they’re doing this. Ooh, they’re doing that.” People came in and they couldn’t find enough for all of us, so they just went away. But for 35 years, I’ve been telling you the same things that happened in Florida in 2000. You didn’t do nothing about it. Right? And then you thought I was going to be upset in 2000 when them two rich white boys were fighting about the presidency, and then somebody appointed Bush. I wasn’t upset at all because now it’s in your neighborhood, and you gonna do something about it. You see what I’m saying? But as long as it was affecting me, you didn’t care. And you want me to be lead the charge to be outraged. The hell with them. I didn’t need, you know, I don’t think young people even cared because, you know, that’s what they’ve been hearing all their lives, particularly in my neighborhood. It didn’t affect us. It didn’t, you heard this little mumble and then that was it. Did y’all wonder why black people were not enraged? They appointed a president, and that all these practices were exposed? We were darn happy. It’s about time.

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Did You Know?

Lowndes Interpretive Center

The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail was created by an act of Congress in 1996. The National Park Service operates the Lowndes County Interpretive Center, the first of three planned centers. It is halfway between Selma and Montgomery and is on the site of the original “Tent City”.