Selma gears up for the 58th Jubilee

People will come from all across the country to celebrate the 58th Annual Bloody Sunday Anniversary in Selma.

During the civil rights movement people marched from Selma to Montgomery to establish  voting rights for Blacks in 1965.

Over 600 marchers were brutally attacked by Alabama State Troopers and their allies as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Many people questioned if the event would even take place after a tornado damaged downtown Selma.

“Where the storm hit, where the Jubilee normally takes place, it didn’t effect it at all.  Our biggest problem was in the residential area and a few downtown buildings. Where we have the Jubilee didn’t have a problem,” said Selma District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson.

The event will feature parades, live entertainment, and a special visitor.

“We are excited about President (Joe) Biden. He will come and speak at the foot of the bridge like Vice President (Kamala) Harris did last year,” said Johnson.

Johnson said everyone is looking forward to joining together for a great cause, just as they did 58 years ago.

“Coming together Black and white, walking the bridge hand and hand, singing the songs that were sung back in the day and feeling up all the churches that are having some kind of events.” said Johnson.

Sunday’s events will include:

  • Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast at 7 a.m.
  • Pre-March Rally Outside of Brown Chapel at 1:30 p.m.
  • Fight for the Vote March and Rally at 2 p.m. President Biden will speak at this event.

Times are tentative depending on crowd and security.

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