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Committee for the March on Montgomery

Identifier: RG 10-10.29

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of materials distributed to participants and students, articles about Berea College's participation in the March, and other items documenting the student led College participation in the March on Montgomery.

A large number of materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online through Berea Digital Archives. See Box and Folder Listing for links to digitized items.


  • created: 1965-1989
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1965


Conditions Governing Access

Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite all information.


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On Thursday, March 25, 1965, fifty-eight Berea College student, faculty and staff joined 25,000 other demonstrators in the last phase of the March on Montgomery from Selma, Alabama. The trip made by students and other members of the college was neither officially recognized by the College or endorsed by the Student Association Senate. Berea's participation in the march was organized by a committee of students which organized in response to a controversial letter from the Associate Dean of the College, Kenneth H. Thompson. In his letter, students are informed by Thompson that, amongst other things, such a trip was not College approved. Less than two weeks prior to the March on Montgomery, over 100 students and others marched on President Francis S. Hutchins home to demonstrate their concern over the College's role in the field of civil rights in general and the proposed March on Montgomery in particular.

Processing Information

Processed and finding guide created January 2019 by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist.


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Revision Statements

  • 2023-05: Finding guide revised, digital objects created

Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US