Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.


city (1990 pop. 23,755), seat of Dallas co., S central Ala., on the Alabama River, in a fertile farm area; inc. 1820. Machinery, paper products, construction materials, transportation equipment, furniture, textiles, apparel, dairy products, and lumber are among its manufactures. A Confederate arsenal and supply point, Selma was ravaged in 1865; however, a number of antebellum houses remain—notably Sturdivant Hall (1853). Sen. William Rufus KingKing, William Rufus Devane,
1786–1853, U.S. Senator from Alabama (1819–44, 1848–52), b. Sampson co., N.C. A Democratic Congressman from North Carolina (1811–16), he settled (1818) in Alabama and became one of its first Senators.
..... Click the link for more information.
, who named the town, lived and is buried there. A historical museum and a zoo are in Selma, and it is the seat of Selma Univ. and Concordia College. Nearby is the site of Cahaba, capital of Alabama from 1819 to 1826. In 1965, Selma was the center of a black voter registration drive led by Martin Luther KingKing, Martin Luther, Jr.,
1929–68, American clergyman and civil-rights leader, b. Atlanta, Ga., grad. Morehouse College (B.A., 1948), Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D., 1951), Boston Univ. (Ph.D., 1955).
..... Click the link for more information.
, Jr.
References in periodicals archive ?
Selma recently completed a role in the upcoming feature film "Driving Lessons" as a teacher who finds herself in a lesbian affair with a student.
Selma regrets that modern life leaves little time to share the stories of the past.
Through the lens of history: Selma & Civil Rights will be on display at Grand Circle Gallery through January 2, 2016.
The disc includes the feature film in standard definition plus a look at the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute and Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (3/7/15), in a statement on the Selma to Montgomery marches
The Voting Rights Act, passed just months after the Selma marches, banned the discriminatory voting practices that many southern states had enacted following the Civil War.
President Barack Obama, centre, holds hands with Amelia Boynton Robinson, beaten during 'Bloody Sunday,' as <Bthey walk in Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights event Jacquelyn Martin
and other African-American leaders of the day, thousands marched the 54 miles from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery, fighting for the rights of black people to vote.
Selma is raising cash for Diabetes UK while Dawn is backing children's charity Whizz Kidz which provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods.
The MAX Selma to Montgomery March Commemorative Debit Card is now available at MAX branches in central and east Alabama.