Derek received the message while vacationing in Europe during winter break. He was staying with Duke, who had started broadcasting his radio show from a part of Europe with lenient free-speech laws. “The tea party is taking some of these ideas mainstream,” Duke said on a broadcast one morning. “Whites are finally coming around to my point of view,” he said another day, and even if Derek now thought some of what Duke said sounded exaggerated or even alarming, the man was still his godfather. Derek wrote back to the SPLC from Duke’s couch.
Awareness of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense grew rapidly after their May 2, 1967, protest at the California State Assembly. On May 2, 1967, the California State Assembly Committee on Criminal Procedure was scheduled to convene to discuss what was known as the " Mulford Act ", which would make the public carrying of loaded firearms illegal. Eldridge Cleaver and Newton put together a plan to send a group of 26 armed Panthers led by Seale from Oakland to Sacramento to protest the bill. The group entered the assembly carrying their weapons, an incident which was widely publicized, and which prompted police to arrest Seale and five others. The group pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of disrupting a legislative session. 
Finally, President Johnson decided to send soldiers from the United States Army and the Alabama National Guard to protect the marchers.  From March 21 to March 25, the marchers walked along the " Jefferson Davis Highway" from Selma to Montgomery.  On March 25, 25,000 people entered Montgomery.  Martin Luther King gave a speech called "How Long? Not Long" at the Alabama State Capitol . He told the marchers that it would not be long before they had equal rights, "because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice ."