Press Release

NAACP President and CEO to Participate in Selma to Montgomery March Jubilee Events

March 3, 2015

Who:
Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO

What:
Beginning on Thursday, March 5Th, President & CEO Cornell William Brooks will participate in a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march in Selma, Montgomery. President Brooks will offer commentary on what this anniversary means for the country and how we must move forward in the wake of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, increased voter suppression laws and the erosions in social and economic gains for many Americans across the country. President Brooks’ visit to Selma will end on Monday, March 9th.

Hundreds of activists tried to walk peacefully from Selma to Montgomery on March 7, 1965 to support voting rights for African-Americans when they were attacked by Alabama State Troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The march would later end peacefully in Montgomery on March 25, 1965, with 25,000 people converging at the state Capitol steps to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The courage and bravery of these marchers led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which opened voting booths to millions of blacks in the South.

For interview requests, please contact: Jamiah Adams at (443) 571-6618 or jadams@naacpnet.org.

WHEN/WHERE:
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Memorial for Martyrs of the Movement & Mass Meeting
7 p.m.
Tabernacle Baptist Church
1431 Broad Street

Friday, March 6, 2015
Building a Movement from the Ground Up
12 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
1000 Selma Avenue

Friday, March 6, 2015
A Public Conversation
7 p.m.
Dallas Country Courthouse
105 Lauderdale Street

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Race, Poverty and the Injustice System
9 a.m.
Dallas Country Courthouse
105 Lauderdale Street

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Fruits of the Labor Luncheon
12:30 p.m.
Selma Convention Center
211 Washington Street

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Speech by President Obama
Details: To be announced

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Martin Luther & Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
WCCS
300 Earl Goodwin Parkway

Sunday, March 8, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Post March Rally & Salute to Foot Soldiers
Foot of Edmund Pettus Bridge

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