BRONXVILLE, NY — March 27, 2015 — The original march in 1965 featured Martin Luther King and other notable figures from the civil rights movement, and is considered to be a major contributing factor in advancing the cause of civil rights in America. The march at Concordia included students from the college and the Chapel School in Bronxville, faculty and staff, and was covered extensively by the media.
The original march in 1965 was organized to influence the Governor of Alabama and convince United States citizens that all people should be allowed to vote. Even though the Law stated at that time that citizens over 18 could vote, many counties throughout the South added additional requirements to the applications of African Americans and the poor in order to limit their impact on elections. Some of the added requirements were poll taxes, oral exams on history and current government, and perhaps most harmful, listing in the local newspaper the home addresses of African Americans who registered to vote. The result was that extremely small numbers of African Americans were able to vote or serve on juries in criminal trials.
The Concordia March featured a re-creation of a banner that is seen in historic pictures of a march from 1965 held in Harlem, NY. The event was sponsored by the Concordia College Liberal Studies Program and Student Life Office.
Founded in 1881, Concordia College–New York is widely recognized for its traditional undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated degree programs.