>>> UPDATE Sunday, March 3 : we are cancelling the meetup due to forecasts of severe weather (thunderstorms and possible tornado activity) in the Selma area and throughout the River Region early this afternoon. Please be weather aware and stay safe. <<<
Join Hometown Action members as we gather to commemorate 54 years since "Bloody Sunday" by participating in the annual Jubilee bridge crossing in Selma.
Wear your Hometown Action T-shirt and comfy shoes, bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, and prepare for variable weather (sounds a lot like canvassing!). We also suggest you bring some cash if you'd like to explore the street festival downtown ($12-17).
1:00pm Meet in front of the Old Depot Museum at the intersection of MLK St and Water Ave in Downtown Selma. We will walk as a group from there to Brown Chapel.
1:30pm Rally and speakers at the steps of Brown Chapel (including Rev William Barber from the Poor People's Campaign)
2:30pm Line up at Brown Chapel for march through downtown and across the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Allow plenty of time for parking and navigating traffic, and charge up your smartphone. Cell phone connectivity can be sketchy with the crowds, and it is a good idea to get a snapshot of the downtown map before you arrive. It will take some time to get back across the bridge after the crossing.
Selma is full of historic locations, so plan to spend the day in the area if you can. Learn more about Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights March by visiting one of the two National Park Service locations on the National Historic Trail, one in downtown Selma at 2 Broad Street, and the Lowndes Interpretive Center at 7002 US Hwy 80 (midway between Selma and Montgomery). Both are free to visit and are staffed with interpreters. Old Cahawba - Alabama's first state capital and now ghost town - is located about 12 miles SW from Selma.