Obama: Let’s Set Aside $50 Million to Restore Historic Civil Rights Sites

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail sign
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In a new budget plan, President Obama has earmarked approximately $50 million to be used to restore the national park sites affiliated with the civil rights movement. The move is a way to commemorate this year’s 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, The Hill reports. 

Obama hopes to invest in sites such as the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Kansas and two other “historic sites related to the integration of public schools,” The Hill explains.


According to The Hill, the president plans to flesh out details of his budget plan next month when he visits Selma to mark the 50 years since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists marched to bring attention to Alabama’s discriminatory voting laws. The march and King’s efforts are depicted in the popular 2014 movie Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Oprah Winfrey.

State, local and tribal governments can also apply to have civil rights sites restored and invested in by federal dollars, according to the report.

Read more at The Hill.

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