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Selma to Montgomery
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     challenging words:    confrontations, racial, dramatic, publicity, focal, federal, eligible, intervention, killing, bloody, riot, rally, discrimination, attempt, demonstration, equality
     content words:    Civil Rights, On Sunday, In November, United States, John F., Civil Rights Act, George Wallace, Dallas County Improvement Association, Dallas County, Improvement Association


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Selma to Montgomery
By Jane Runyon
  

1     The 1963 March on Washington, D.C. was dramatic and massive. An estimated 300,000 people were present. The Civil Rights movement had momentum. Unfortunately, events did not allow for a quick solution to problems among the races. On Sunday, September 15, less than a month after the Washington rally, a bomb was thrown into a church in Birmingham, Alabama. Twenty-one children were injured, and four young girls were killed by the explosion. In November of 1963, the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Fear was present in all races.
 
2     It was not an easy job, but on July 2, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This bill banned racial discrimination in all public facilities as well as voting places. As it turned out, this would not be the complete solution.
 
3     Alabama became a focal point for people trying to put the new rules of social change into place. The governor of Alabama was George Wallace. He was against any type of federal intervention into what he considered local business. Alabama had always been segregated into whites and blacks. That is how he intended for it to remain.

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