The Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of the Cold War tensions between East and West Berlin in Germany. A barricade of concrete and barbed wire, it would take almost 30 years for the wall to topple.
Another symbolic “Berlin Wall” was up, in Selma, Alabama. Following the violence at Edmund Pettus Bridge, Public Safety Director Wilson Baker roped off an intersection in the city to keep demonstrators from marching, until a state judge decided on the injunction against the marchers. From the event, the protestors responded with music. “Berlin Wall” was sung by demonstrators to express their solidarity and conviction in what they wanted to achieve: the right to vote. Sung to the melody of the revered spiritual, “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” the words rang out:
We've got a rope that's a Berlin Wall, Berlin Wall, Berlin Wall, We've got a rope that's a Berlin Wall, in Selma, Alabama. We're gonna stand here till it falls, till it falls, till it falls, We're gonna stand here till it falls, in Selma, Alabama.
The rope was removed, but other barricades were put in their way (highway patrolmen used their cars to block off the intersection). The judge would later lift the injunction and allow the people of Selma to continue their march to Montgomery.