Presidential Candidates and Civil Rights leaders will also attend Secretary Hillary Clinton to participate in Selma’s 27th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Ashley Bell (3rd from Left) Small Business Administration Region 4 (8 Southeastern states) Administrator with Drum Major for Justice Award presented at Sunday’s Jimmie Lee Jackson Day program in Marion, Alabama. With him in the photo are his family and Albert Turner Jr. and other officials of the Perry County Civic League. The Jimmy Lee Jackson programs marks the beginning of the 54th Selma Bridge Crossing Commemorations.

Montgomery, AL – Secretary Hillary Clinton, the former United States First Lady, United States Senator and United States Secretary of State and the first woman to be a major party nominee for President, of the United States, is headlining the 2019 Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee and announcing her support for the national initiative, Lift Our Vote 2020. The Jubilee begins Thursday, February 28, 2019 and continues through Monday, March 4th.Secretary Clinton will receive the International Unity Award and be inducted into the National Voting Rights Museum Women’s Hall of Fame. She will speak at the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast on the Wallace Community College Selma campus at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd. She will also speak at the Historic Brown Chapel AME Church and participate in the Bloody Sunday March. Secretary Clinton has previously participated in the Bridge Crossing Jubilee and the March. She will address the Lift Our Vote 2020 Initiative at various events during the Jubilee.
Members of the Selma-to-Montgomery March Foundation and the Bridge Crossing Jubilee and other leaders made the announcement last week at a press conference in the State House in Montgomery. At a subsequent press conference this week in Selma, leaders of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee announced that Democratic Presidential nominees, Julian Castro, former Secretary of HUD and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas; and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, will also be attending the Jubilee. Others will be released as they confirm in writing or as they announce their participation.
Attorney Faya Rose Toure said: “The Bridge Crossing Jubilee, commonly called Jubilee, has 40-50 events every year, including but not at limited to: an Old Fashioned Mass Meeting on Thursday night; children activities, workshops, The Jubilee Mock Trial and A Public Conversation on Friday; the Ministers and Elected Officials Breakfast, Voting Rights work sessions, other workshops, inductions into multiple halls of fames and the Freedom Flame Awards Banquet on Saturday; the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast, church services, the Bloody Sunday Rally and March, commemoration of 400 years of slavery in what became the United States of America and the After The March Gospel Program on Sunday. These are just a few of the 40-50 annual events.”
Among other national leaders` who plan to attend the Bridge Crossing Jubilee are:
Civil Rights Leaders – Dr. William Barber, Co-chair of the Poor Peoples Campaign and leader of Repairer of the Breach; Reverend Jesse Jackson of Rainbow PUSH; and SCLC National President Charles Steele, Martin Luther King, III, and Rev. Bernice King.
Special National Participants – Susan Taylor, former the Editor of Essence Magazine; Hank Aaron, Baseball Great; Roland Martin, National Media Personality; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who was killed in New York; and Reverend Mark Thompson, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Host and television personality. All these persons and more will appear at the Freedom Flame Awards.
Former State Senator Hank Sanders, who served in the Alabama Senate for 35 years, said: “This will be a great Jubilee with Secretary Hillary Clinton, the kickoff of the national Lift Our Vote 2020 Initiative, a number of presidential candidates coming to speak, and various other powerful speakers and so many events. It could be one of the best of the many great Jubilees. The Jubilee brings tens of thousands from around the country and across the world each year, and the 27th Anniversary will as well.”
Toure, the founder and coordinator of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee said, “We celebrate the victories in voting rights. We memorialize those who died in the struggle for voting rights. We prepare for the voting rights struggles ahead with the nonpartisan Lift Our Vote 2020 Initiative. The Jubilee covers so much and does so much.”
The Jubilee will be providing additional information about other speakers and events in the coming days. For more information contact: or call 334/526-2626.

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