Selma March

Running head: March On Selma

March On Selma
Kenneth Rutherford II
PHI 103 Professor Myers

  The issue at hand is the marching from Selma to Montgomery Alabama that President Truman regarded to as being silly, actually being one of the most powerful marches ever demonstrated in the civil rights movement. Although there was death involved the meaning behind the march, was in fact the greater cause. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of non-violence and the most powerful part of this interview was “unmerited suffering is redemptive”. I feel that with this saying Dr. King is stating that although there was death, that the death served an overall greater cause, and that is civil rights for all American’s.

  The Selma demonstration was for the voting rights bill, but the demonstration as a whole was addressing all the existing problems with racism and non civil rights in the state of Alabama. Dr. King amongst many others felt that the state of Alabama and its laws were humiliating as well as degrading and felt that enough was enough, and that something had to be done. In Alabama at the time there had been many racial motivated killings, bombings, and brutalities. The march was a demonstration against those acts of violence in Alabama. “It was a two fold march aimed at trying to rectify the conditions of Alabama and expose the evils that are deeply engulfed in that state”.

  My position is standing behind Dr. King and what the march on Selma stood for. In times that things were not equal, he did the right thing by protesting in a non-violent way. Being of African American heritage and being raised in a home where I was taught to be myself no matter what, I could not imagine living in a time when the color of your skin was considered a sin. I feel that anyone that tested the times, in which they were living, not only symbolized that of a hero, but also is the epitome of brave. It wasn’t just a black thing either; there were people like minister...