Play Movie Trailer on YouTube:
Play 55 minutes of 89 on You Tube
Dr King Comes To Selma (1:02 Min)
Meeting Dr King (8:58 Minutes)
Sheyann Skips School (4:20 Min)
Freedomland (8:20 Minutes)
Sheyann Sings (4:11 Min)
We Will March (5:32 Minutes)
Let It Shine (7:24 Minutes)
Morality vs The Law (6:45 Minutes)
Sheyann Observes: Registering To Vote
(The Famous Alabama Voter Literacy Registration Test:
The Jellybean Jar) (4:58 Minutes)
Teachers Revolt (6:30 Minutes)
Forbidden Water Fountain: Sheyann Reacts:
Tries To Fill Cup of Water for Her Teacher
Out of Jail (6:28 Minutes)
Now Is The Time (10:02 Minutes)
Favorite Scene: Sheyann Reacts:
Writes Her Obituary (2:06 Minutes)
The March (4:52 Minutes)
Parents Did Not Support This March:
Hosea Williams and John Lewis
Lead Bloody Sunday March
Sheyann Goes to March (3:52 Minutes)
Bloody Sunday (5:55 Minutes)
Hosea Williams Carries Sheyann Off the Bridge-Jonathan Daniels Did Not Carry Her Home-She ran herself!
Police Brutally Attack (3:16 Minutes)
Victory At All Cost (16:08 Minutes)
Actual Real Speech on TV in 1965:
President Johnson Speaks on TV (2:10 Minutes)
A Bridge to Freedom (7:24 Minutes)
Cheyann Today This Decade
Selma 50th Anniversary: Youngest Marcher
Reflects on Edmund Pettus Bridge (2:15 Minutes)
Biography (3:10 Minutes)
Cheyann Speaks at Youth Rally (3:05 Minutes)
Washington University: Interview
Cheyann Webb (30 Minutes)
Interview for Eyes on Prize June 12, 1985
Washington University Interview
Rachel West (Nelson) (21:51 Minutes)
Interview for Eyes on Prize June 12, 1985
A Story for First Grade
Eyes on the Prize Interviews:
Eyes on the Prize: Episode 6
John R. Lewis Remembers:
President Obama Awards Metal of Freedom
Selma to Montgomery Marches
(Red Border Films-Time Production) (5:54 Minutes)
Reflects On Selma
(USA Today) (2:28 Minutes)
Other Historical Videos Online:
Biography: (4:17 Minutes)
"The March from Selma to Montgomery"
"Bloody Sunday - March 7, 1965"
British Broadcasting Company (3:05 Minutes)
The BBC Retraces the Marches - 2015:
Selma to Montgomery 50 Years Later
Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot Trailer
Will You Get This Sticker?
February 3, 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendmentt,
a critical achievement of the Reconstruction Era which promised:
'the right of citizens of the United States
to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color,
or previous condition of servitude.' (but not women)
In a typical U.S. history textbook, this is where the struggle for voting rights ends in 1965 with the Voting Rights Act
This Century the 15th Amendmentt has been challenged in the courts.
Since 2010, 25 states have enacted new voting restrictions, including strict photo ID requirements, early voting cutback's, and registration restrictions.
(1) Gerrymandering with the 2010 census
(2) 'Dirty tricks' in Florida (2000 Election)
(3) Voter roll purges in Georgia
(4) Native Americans in North Dakota
unable to use their tribal identification to vote
(5) A Modern Day Poll Tax in Florida
Selma Lord Selma Presentation Page was last modified by John Taylor:
Abstract: Dr King's Youngest Freedom Fighter
Selma, Lord, Selma
is a 1999 Walt Disney American film based on true events that happened in March 1965
, known as "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama. The film tells the story through the eyes of a 9-year-old African American girl named
Sheyann was eight years old and Rachel West, her best friend, was nine when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Selma, Alabama,
on January 2, 1965. He came to organize non-violent demonstrations against discriminatory voting laws. Selma, Lord, Selma
is their firsthand account of the events from that turbulent winter of 1965--events that changed not only the lives of these two little girls
but the lives of all Alabamans and all Americans.
Arianna Donham, a middle school student, last year (2019) said it best for all young Americans in a video review:
"I attend Gililland Middle School in Tempe, AZ and I watched this film in social studies and it made me cry a little.
The actors did a great job pulling together this film to recreate the events of the Selma March.
It's a very inspiring film and this goes to show that every American citizen should have the same rights as everyone else
no matter what your race is and that's why this film is inspiring to me and my fellow classmates.
Shout out to Linda Milke (my social studies teacher) for showing my class this film.
Everyone who reads this post should go watch it and you'll see how great it is."
This was Disney's third film (and last) about historical events of African American students
(based on true stories) who lived during the civil rights movement of the '50s and '60s.
This web site contains the stories and the videos of this third Disney film (Volume 12)"
This "Something to Talk About" program will close the 2018 Black History Month Celebration at North Campus.
The program will last about 55 minutes with video clips from the movie, actual newsreel video from 1960,
and very important interviews of the actual persons involved.
Cheyann Webb-Christburg, now 63, Biography and Current Speaker Contact Information handout will be available for the audience
March 7, 1965
On January 2, 1965 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr came to Selma to support the Freedom Movementt:
"Now, you should all know that right here in Selma, Alabama
Negro's make up over half the population of Selma, (over 18,000)
Yet only 2% are registered to vote. (less than 200)
If we can not vote then we are not free!
If we are not free, then we are still living in slavery!">
Little Cheyann was just nine and Rachel was also nine too!
Both were in the 3rd grade!
March 1965 (Click Photo)
"Selma, Lord, Selma:
Girlhood Memories of the Civil-Rights Days"
as told to Frank Sikora (1980)
by Cheyann Webb and Rachel West (Nelson)
Page 124 - Sheyann Remembering:
"So we gather at the church on that Sunday [March 21}, it was more than a march to dramatize our desire to vote.
It meant that we would get out in the sunshine and let everyone know that we were Americans, too;
that we were southerners, too; and that we were Alabamans and citizens of Selma, too.
So all this was coming about---this right to be free from fear---in Selma and it was coming about because of the courage of poor,
ordinary black people who knew the time was here
I remember on that Sunday that there were thousands of people gathered around the church. But from all those people
remember they got me and Rachel and we sang a song......And later, before we started, a photographer took a picture
of me and Rachel sitting on Dr. King's lap.
What I remember so much about that day was the happiness of the people. I had never seen them like that before...
the people just seemed like something had been lifted from their shoulders. They were proud, but it was a pride that
that was dignified.
See NVRMI Website for Information and Flash Video:
Play Sam Watson NVRMI Tour Video:
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute Tour
The Hands that Picked Cotton Picked a President!
Remembering The Four People Of Faith Who Died On The Road From Selma
Jimmie Lee Jackson
Rev. James Reeb
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination
It was signed into law by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the civil rights movement on August 6, 1965, and Congress later amended the Act five times to expand its protections.
Designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Act secured the right to vote for racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Act is considered to be the most effective piece of federal civil rights legislation ever enacted in the country.[9
Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013), is a landmark United States Supreme Court case regarding the constitutionality of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:
Section 5, which requires certain states and local governments to obtain federal preclearance before implementing any changes to their voting laws or practices; and Section 4(b),
which contains the coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subjected to preclearance based on their histories of discrimination in voting.
On June 25, 2013, the Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that Section 4(b) is unconstitutional because the coverage formula is based on data
over 40 years old, making it no longer responsive to current needs and therefore an impermissible burden on the constitutional principles of federalism
and equal sovereignty of the states. The Court did not strike down Section 5, but without Section 4(b), no jurisdiction will be subject to Section 5
preclearance unless Congress enacts a new coverage formula.
Some critics have said that the ruling has made it easier for state officials to make it harder for Black and other racio-ethnic minority voters to vote.
Research shows that preclearance led to increases in minority congressional representation and increases in minority turnout. Five years after the ruling,
nearly 1,000 polling places had been closed in the U.S., with many of the closed polling places in predominantly African-American counties.
Research shows that the changing of voter locations and reduction in voting locations can reduce voter turnout. There were also cuts to early voting,
purges of voter rolls and imposition of strict voter ID laws. Virtually all restrictions on voting subsequent to the ruling were by Republicans.
MSNBC Interviews Cheyann at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma March
Click Photo to Play Interview (5:05 Minutes)