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Liberty Bell Rings for Winners of SELMA Speech and Essay Contest

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Finalist Evan Lehmann, former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, finalist Edan Armas, Youth Service America President and CEO Steve Culbertson, and finalist Ifeoma White-Thorpe. Photo courtesy of the NLM.
Finalist Evan Lehmann, former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, finalist Edan Armas, Youth Service America President and CEO Steve Culbertson, and finalist Ifeoma White-Thorpe. Photo courtesy of the NLM.

The winners of the National Liberty Museum’s SELMA Speech and Essay Contest, supported by the John Templeton Foundation in partnership with Paramount Pictures, were announced on April 21, 2015. In the year that marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, the top prize was awarded jointly to two teens, who each received the $5,000 Grand Prize at a ceremony in Philadelphia.

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#MarchOn – National Liberty Museum Announces Selma Speech & Essay Contest

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President Lyndon B. Johnson moves to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Photo credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto
President Lyndon B. Johnson moves to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Photo credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, a movement guided by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that led President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act into law on August 6, 1965. The story of this powerful movement is being brought to life in an upcoming film titled Selma, which highlights the three months leading up to the Selma march as it has never been told.

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