This weekend, Selma, Alabama celebrates its significant place in history with the Selma 50 celebration. 50 years ago this weekend, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. James Bevel, John Lewis, Amelia Boynton Robinson and other activists set out from Selma to Montgomery to promote voting rights.
They were met by a show of force at the Edmund Pettus Bridge as white police and citizens beat unarmed, non-violent Black protestors. On Saturday, President Obama will speak on the legacy of this historic march, which helped fast-track the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Here is a list of and links to the events in Selma this weekend, all open to the public, and info on where you can watch the events if you can’t make it down to Alabama.
Tom Joyner will be in Selma along with Sybil Wilkes this weekend. He is hosting an All-Star ‘Salute Selma’ concert, sponsored by Centric on Sunday, March 9 from the Edmund Pettus Bridge from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET that will be live streamed on Centric.com and BET.com.
It includes performances by Aloe Blacc, BeBe Winans, MC Lyte, Kirk Franklin, Doug E Fresh, Donnie McClurkin, Ruben Studdard, Kelly Price, Tremaine Hawkins, Rick Ross, Yela Wolf, D. Nice, Blind Boys of Alabama, Virtue, Estelle, Keith Sweat, Tamar Braxton, as well as Harry Belafonte and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary who participated in the March 21, 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March.
For more information on Selma concerts, click HERE.
A compilation of events, history and archives related to the Selma 50 celebration and the history of Bloody Sunday is HERE.
Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee Official Selma 50 site HERE.
Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee Facebook page with info on events, travel, hotels and more is HERE.
Information on Unitarian Universalist Association Events in Selma HERE.
ON THE WEB:
Unitarian Universalists Crescent Train To/From Selma Watch Democracy Now! interviews with Selma director Ava DuVernay and Congressman John Lewis HERE.
Read about what has and hasn’t changed in Selma and beyond HERE.
See: 50 Years Later Photos From ‘Selma’ HERE.
Listen to songs recorded during Selma marches HERE.
See times and details of live ‘Selma 50’ coverage on MSNBC HERE.
The Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC will broadcast both weekend shows (airing at 10 a.m.) from Selma, Alabama. For more information and video, click HERE.
You can find lesson plans on Selma and teaching materials, assistance HERE.