National Geographic : 2000 Feb
On March 21, 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights advocates set out on a 54-mile march from Sel ma, Alabama, to Montgomery, the state capital, to demand voting rights for black citizens. Today that long walk toward equality is commemorated as the United States' newest national historic trail. SELA to MON Freedom rings like a cheer for Shameecka Perkins,far right, as she and friends cross Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, where voting rights marchers met with violence 35 years ago. "We can vote. We can go where we want to go and attend any school we want," she says. "The people who made that possible are my heroes."