"WALK WITH ME" CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, RALLY AND CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 29TH - MARCH 3, 2024
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“Walk With Me Across Edmund Pettus Bridge” - Places to Stay
|1||American Inn of Selma||1915 West Highland Avenue, Selma AL||$77||-||American Inn of Selma - Priceline.com|
|2||Quality Inn Edmund Pettus Bridge area||1812 AL Highway 14 E, Selma AL 36703||$83||Will try to stay here||Microsoft Bing Travel - Quality Inn Edmund Pettus Bridge area|
|3||Baymont by Wyndham Selma||2420 N Broad St, Selma 36701||$52.92||-||Baymont by Wyndham Selma, Selma – Updated 2023 Prices (booking.com)|
|4||St James Hotel Selma Tapestry Collection by Hilton||1200 Water Avenue, Selma AL 36701||$122.40||-||St James Hotel Selma Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Selma – Updated 2023 Prices (booking.com)|
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Historical Commemorative Jubilee Celebrations depicting Selma, AL Civil Rights Movement for the past years
Library of Congress – Civil Rights Act of 1964
Historical Community and Culture Commemorating Civil Rights
Some Entertainment – Gospel Choir
Bridge Crossing Jubilee
Here are some of the major events happening in Selma, AL this 2023.
Bloody Sunday’ Exhibit to Identify Foot Soldiers
From 7 to 9 p.m., Wallace Theater will host a film screening of Freedom Riders: Carrying Forward Their Legacy and a Q&A with director Stanley Lewis Jr., civil rights activist Bernard Lafayette and freedom rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. The film is a two-hour documentary based on Raymond Arsenault’s book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jubilee will offer a space for “public conversation” in Earl Goodwin Theater at Wallace Community College. Speakers and hosts for this event have not yet been announced.
Saturday, March 4, 2023
The annual Foot Soldiers Breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Selma High School cafeteria.
The Jubilee Parade will happen from 8 to 10 a.m. as well, starting at Concordia College, 1712 Broad St., and walking a route to Edmund Pettus Bridge on Water Ave.
Starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. will be the Jubilee Street Festival. Dozens of booths will be set up along Water Avenue selling food, clothing and souvenirs. The featured guests are soul musician Lenny Williams and rapper Lil Scrappy.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wallace Theater will host a film screening of Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day and a Q&A with Lynching and Leisure author Terry Anne Scott and University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative Director Yohuru Williams. Lynching Postcards is a short film directed by Christine Turner that examines the horrific history of lynchings as cultural events.
From noon to 2 p.m., the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice will sponsor an event called Under the Bridge: The Need for Reparations in Selma and Beyond outside of Brown Chapel. The conversation will center on the idea of reparations for slavery.
The 24th annual Miss Jubilee Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. at Selma High School.
The final event Saturday is the Freedom Flame Awards Gala, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the former Concordia College campus at 1712 Broad St. Tickets are $75 per person or $800 for a table. This year’s honorees include Sen. Raphael Warnock, Atlantis Browder, Debra Watkins, Terry Shaw, Charles Bonner, Betty Boynton, Willie C. Robertson, Cleophus Hobbs, Janet Howard Moore, Margaret Howard and Henry Allen.
Sunday, March 5
The first event on Sunday is the annual Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast, which will be from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at Wallace Community College. Tickets to the breakfast are $75 per person. Google’s Global Head of Social Impact Reginald McKnight will be in attendance as a special guest speaker.
Following Sunday morning services at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Clinton Chapel, Brown Chapel and First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a pre-march rally outside of Brown Chapel beginning around 1:30 p.m.
Then, the Fight for the Vote March and Rally will begin. It is set to start about 2 p.m. at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, but timing could change depending on how many people are there and security. This is the event that President Biden will attend, and he will give a speech. After he and other speakers address the crowd, they will lead marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
After the commemorative march, there will be the Bridge Awards, honoring community leaders in Selma at the Bridge Awards, Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, & Reconciliation.