Buffalo in the 60’s: Buffalonians march here as Rev. King marches in Selma

By Steve Cichon

Weeks of murders, beatings and unjust arrests led up to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala.

In support of the events in Alabama, somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 people rallied at Lafayette Square on March 14, 1965 — days after Dr. King was arrested, but days before the most famous, third Selma march. Arthur Eve led protesters in a march to Buffalo’s Federal Courthouse after speeches decrying racial injustice and inequity in this country.

Two days later in Buffalo– in sympathy with those whose march was stopping in Selma– 300 protestors trudged through snow, ice and cold temperatures as they walked from Lackawanna to Niagara Square, on March 14, 1965.

These photos were reprinted in The Buffalo News twenty years ago this week.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.