This film showing and lecture for the "Oberstufe" discusses the Civil Rights Movement.


Register as a class or individually at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de

The African American Fight for Voting Rights

Master Class for Students / Free admission / Register at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de


Film Streaming and Lecture for Students, 3 - 5:30 p.m.


Please note that, due to the current dynamic situation regarding in-person events, this event may be changed from an in-person event to an online event. In this case, all registered groups will be notified, and the change of format will be noted on our website.


Bridge To Freedom (1965) (1987, 56 min.) is part of the prize-winning documentary series Eyes on the Prize about the Civil Rights Movement. It describes the fight for a new federal law to enforce the voting rights of African Americans in the South. The planned nonviolent protest march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama in early March 1965 was stopped by police brutality on what has been called “bloody Sunday.” The documentary depicts the dramatic events and includes interviews with key actors from both sides.

The Voting Rights Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in August 1965, enabled millions of African American citizens to finally register to vote and take part in elections. But the fight for voting rights is far from over. Key parts of the law were declared unconstitutional by a conservative majority on the Supreme Court in 2012. Ever since, dozens of laws have been passed by mostly Republican legislatures on the state level that in different ways make it harder to register and to vote. In Georgia a new voting law passed in 2021 has led to a clash between Republicans, activists, and the business community.

15:00 Intro to film and civil rights movement
15:30 Eyes on the Prize: Bridge To Freedom (1965)
16:30 Voting Rights today
17:00 Questions

Speaker: Dr. Andreas Etges, Amerikanistik-Institut LMU

Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Sarah Martin


To register, please send an e-mail to bibliothek@amerikahaus.de with the number of students and school name.



(Photo: The Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial / © Woubishet Z. Taffese / unsplash.com)


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