Selma march

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On March 7, 1965, black Americans marched on Selma, Alabama in an effort to secure the civil rights that had been withheld from them and were met with brutality.  On the fifty-year anniversary of the protest that was instrumental in passing the Voting Rights Act, Pew Research Center Founding Director and Mitofsky Award winner Andrew Kohut used Roper Center data to review public opinion at the time of the Selma march and found a nation supportive of the protestors, but still unsure about the implementation of their goals. Read 50 Years Ago: Mixed Views about Civil Rights But Support for Selma Demonstrators at Pew Research Center.