Bloody Sunday Anniversary Events in Selma to Highlight Need for VRAA

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A number of events this weekend in commemoration of the 49th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march will take place in Selma, Alabama, including the Faith & Politics Institute’s 14th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund’s (LDF) discussion titled “Keeping America’s Promise: Defending Democracy in the Wake of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.”

The civil rights pilgrimage runs from March 7-9 and will travel with Pilgrimage Chairman Rep. John Lewis from the Mississippi Delta to Selma, Alabama, where participants will commemorate the 1965 Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing.

LDF’s voting rights panel will take place on Saturday, March 8, at the Saint James Hotel in Selma and will feature Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of LDF, Leslie Proll, director of LDF’s Washington, D.C. office, Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, and Jerome Gray, a civil rights activist in Evergreen, Ala., who was improperly removed from the city’s voting rolls.

And to see a full list of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee’s events, please click here.