Turning Point

Turning Point (HM24EO)

Location: Selma, AL 36703 Dallas County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 24.885', W 87° 1.076'

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Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

By early 1964, the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's (SNCC) efforts to organize for voting rights had reached a turning point. In July 1964 Judge James Hare, pressured by Selma law enforcement to quell black protests, imposed an injunction prohibiting mass meetings. The DCVL knew they must break the injunction or lose momentum for the movement, but they needed more power than SNCC. They needed the support of a national organization. So they called on civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend King accepted the DCVL's invitation and brought the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) into Selma. King's speech at Brown Chapel in January 1965 violated the injunction issued by Judge Hare and increased attention to a community-based campaign for voting rights. Brown Chapel, which broke the law by opening its doors to King, became the base for future voting rights demonstrations in Selma.

When we get the right to vote, we will send to the statehouse not men who will stand in the doorways of universities to keep Negroes out, but men who will uphold the cause of Justice. Give us the ballot. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. speech at Brown Chapel, January 1965

Alabama deputies line up to contain crowds of protesters outside

Brown Chapel.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pauses in front of the Hotel Albert, January 22, 1965. King challenged segregation barriers by registering at the historic hotel and then leading a march to register blacks at the county courthouse.
HM NumberHM24EO
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 498313 N 3586409
Decimal Degrees32.41475000, -87.01793333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.885', W 87° 1.076'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 53.1" N, 87° 1' 4.56" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1500-1598 J.L. Chestnut Jr Blvd, Selma AL 36703, US
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