When he was thirty-seven years old, Sam marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the third Selma-To-Montgomery March of 1965. Dr. King organized these historic events that marked a turning point in the civil rights movement. The first march, also known as Bloody Sunday, occurred on March 7, 1965 and ended in violence. The second, held March 9, was a direct reaction to Bloody Sunday and the third march began on March 21st. By the time the marchers reached the city of Montgomery in Alabama on the 25th, the group had grown to 25,000.
Sam is captured here, to the left of Dr. King and his wife Coretta Scott King, on the fifth day of the third Selma March:
Sam also happens to be the father of our VP of Product, Will. Check out their Q&A video and hear Sam share his story of that historic day:
Alexander “Sam” Aldrich’s 2011 memoir, “Dancing with the Queen, Marching with King”, chronicles his life in public service for the city and state of New York. He was a city deputy police commissioner, director of the New York State Division of Youth, the executive assistant to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, president of the Brooklyn Center of Long Island University, and was also commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.