On this day in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson notified Alabama governor George Wallace that he would send federal troops to that state to watch over a civil rights march from Selma to Birmingham. It was a signature event in the history of civil rights. For more on this topic, check out Diane McWhorter’s “Carry Me Home : Birmingham, Alabama : the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution” New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. Other titles on this topic:
Dividing lines : municipal politics and the struggle for civil rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma, by J. Mills Thornton III Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2002.
For a personal account of what happened in Selma, check out “In peace and freedom : my journey in Selma” by Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Kathryn Lee Johnson. Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, 2013.