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Selma50 Anniversary

1965 was the year of Selma in American Civil Rights history. In the years after the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, activists worked without broad success to register Blacks to vote in the Deep South. But a march on "Bloody Sunday" and the strategic leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the issue to a dramatic head. Thousands marched from Selma to Montgomery in an act of national solidarity that won passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to protect the rights of all citizens. 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of this tragic and pivotal history. Birmingham View has gathered some information about key events.

Stars Fall on Alabama This Weekend for Selma50

Current and former heads of state, policymakers, civil rights leaders and entertainers are in Selma or making their way there to attend star-studded events in honor of the 50th Anniversary of historic events chronicled...

Selma50 Workshops Focus on Today’s Civil Rights Issues

The annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is more than a commemoration of "Bloody Sunday" and the movement for voting rights 50 years ago. Its activities reflect the on-going nature of the Freedom Movement. A host of...
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“Selma” Movie’s Song Performance At Oscars Features Edmund Pettus Bridge

John Legend and Common led a spectacular live rendition of their Oscar-winning song "Glory" from the movie "Selma," complete with an image of Selma's famed Edmund Pettus Bridge as a backdrop with a multicultural...

Selma Jubilee Youth Summit Turns Up Issues Facing NextGen Leaders

An extraordinary group of nationally and internationally renowned next-generation leaders and veterans of the voting rights movement will convene for Selma50 to discuss the past and set a course to tackle modern-day civil rights...

Selma Jubilee Focuses on Restoring Voting Rights for Bloody Sunday’s 50th Anniversary

"Remember, Recommit, and Restore" is the 50th Anniversary theme of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee that hosts an annual pilgrimage to honor the "Bloody Sunday" March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7,...

“An All-Star Salute to Selma” Set for Bridge Crossing Jubilee On Sunday, March 8

(Selma, AL - February 10, 2015) -- “An All-Star Salute to Selma” docu-concert featuring well-known gospel and R&B artists will culminate nearly a week of activities commemorating the 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" on Sunday,...

Emerging ChangeMakers Leaders Set New Horizons At Selma50

Jessica Norwood has been bringing the most talented up-and coming-leaders from around Alabama together in Selma during the Bridge Crossing Jubilee since 2006.   Her Emerging ChangeMakers Network hosts the Selma Leadership Summit, an annual meeting that...

Montgomery Announces City Events in Selma50 Anniversary

MONTGOMERY – City, county and community leaders in Alabama's capital hosted a media briefing Thursday to update the public on plans for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. "Today, we want...

President Obama Budgets $50 Million to Restore Civil Rights Sites

President Barack Obama is calling for $50 million to restore national parks sites associated with the civil rights movement to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The president’s budget -- which has...

Obama Returns to Alabama As President for Selma50 Anniversary

The former Senator from Chicago, IL, who crossed Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge as a presidential candidate in March 2007 will return to Alabama in March 2015 as the sitting 44th President of the United...