1964 (continued)
  • Exclusion of Blacks from regular Democratic Party gives birth to alternative party, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.


  • Voter registration drive, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., opens in Selma, Alabama and throughout the state.

  • 50 mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama contributes to the passing of the Voting Rights Act.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Right Act into law.

  • Civil Rights workers, Jimmy Lee Jackson, Viola Liuzzo and the Reverend James Reeb are murdered for their efforts to ensure equal voting rights.

  • Summer Community Organization and Political Education Program founded by SCLC attempts to register Black voters in 50 counties within the South.


  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 is renewed.


  • Voting age is lowered to 18 after the passing of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution.


  • Reverend Joseph Lowery of SCLC organizes a campaign retracing the march from Selma to Montgomery to prevent the Reagon Administration from making sweeping changes to major strides in the Voting Rights Act.


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