‘1965: Civil Rights at 50’ Explores Selma March, Voting Rights Act

"1965: Civil Rights at 50" is on display at the Newseum through Jan. 4, 2016. (Scott Williams/Newseum)

“1965: Civil Rights at 50” is on display at the Newseum through Jan. 4, 2016. (Scott Williams/Newseum)

The latest installment in the popular changing exhibit on the relationship between news media and the civil rights movement in the 1960s is open at the Newseum.

Now in its third year, “Civil Rights at 50” shifts focus to the watershed moments of 1965 and the dramatic events that changed the course of American history. From the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to the signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the exhibit explores the fight for voting rights among the African-American community, peaking in a violent clash on the Edmund Pettus Bridge between peaceful protesters and police that came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”

Among the newspapers on display is a March 8, 1965, edition of The Dallas Morning News featuring a front-page photo of civil rights leader John Lewis being beaten by a state trooper. Lewis, today a congressman from Georgia, recounted his experiences on “Bloody Sunday” in his graphic novel “March,” which is also featured in the exhibit. Lewis will appear at the Newseum Feb. 25 in a special members-only program to discuss the second volume of “March.”

On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 p.m., the Newseum will host an Inside Media program with U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante, who will talk about their memories of the civil rights movement. The program is free with paid admission to the Newseum.



Contributing sponsorship support for “Civil Rights at 50” has been provided by Walmart and Altria Group.

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