On the opening weekend of the Newseum’s newest exhibit, “1965: Civil Rights at 50,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante talk about their memories of the civil rights movement.
“1965: Civil Rights at 50” tells the dramatic story of the fight for voting rights in 1965, which peaked in a violent clash between peaceful protesters and police on a bridge in Selma, Ala., on March 7, now known as “Bloody Sunday.”
Plante joined CBS News in 1964 and covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi and Alabama, including the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., led by Martin Luther King Jr., two weeks after “Bloody Sunday.”
Norton, who starts her 13th term as the congresswoman for the District of Columbia in 2015, was an organizer with the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and helped organize the March on Washington at which King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Photo: From left, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante
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“1965: Civil Rights at 50” is part of a changing exhibit exploring the relationship between the news media and the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Contributing sponsorship support for “Civil Rights at 50” has been provided by Walmart and Altria Group.