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Civil Rights Several events in the history of Americas civil rights movement marked turning points that changed or illuminated aspects of the movement For example when a governor from Arkansas closed down the school system to prevent Black children from attending white schools it brought up the resistance the movement would face A turning point in the movement was the formation of the Black Panther party marking a change from nonviolent protest These events in the history of the movement are the reasons why the public received such apprehension into the situation and why many new civil rights acts and laws were passed in the long run An important event was the ill-fated march of Selma Alabama Dr Martin Luther King one of the leaders of the movement began a voting registration drive in Selma in early 1965 Black people trying to register were met though with abuse and violence from white employees county police and unfair literacy tests To bring up the Black publics moral Dr King proposed a allusive march between Selma and Montgomery This march would take several days to complete because it it stretched over 54 miles Unfortunately the first attempts for this march were met with tear gas and mounted state troopers near the border of Selma These events sparked outrage from the public and from president Linden B Johnson The brutality of the city officials and state troopers showed the public and the national government the field of White resistance It sparked the Voting rights act of 1965 soon after made the 15th amendment It abolished the unfair literacy tests poll taxes or any other similar legal device that would have inhibited voters The act helped other minority groups because the literacy tests and poll taxes inhibited them too The march of Selma is also related
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