Alabama New South Coalition holds virtual Fall Convention on Sat. November 20

Ben Chavis

The Alabama New South Coalition (ANSC), a statewide coalition of Black and progressive voters, plans a virtual convention on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 9:00 AM to Noon on the Internet.

The thirty-six year old political organization generally holds a Spring and Fall convention to study and understand political, economic and social action issues facing voters in Alabama. Together with its sister organization, Alabama New South Alliance, the group screens and endorses candidates in election years.

ANSC wants to alert its membership and the general public that we are
just six months from the May 24, 2022 Democratic and Republican Primaries for major state offices like Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State; the entire Alabama Legislature; the U. S. Senate seat, becoming vacant due to Richard Shelby’s retirement; and many county positions throughout the state.

In addition to reports on ANSC’s recent activities, there will be a panel of Alabama state legislators to discuss important issues facing Alabama voters. Senator Bobby Singleton of Greensboro will speak on the state’s redistricting plans; Senator Vivian Figures of Mobile will discuss the state’s coronavirus pandemic response; Senator Malika Sanders Fortier of Selma will address the continuing problem of Medicaid Expansion; and Representative Merika Coleman of Birmingham will review work on removing racist language from the Alabama Constitution.

Dr. Ben Chavis, President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) will be the keynote speaker. Chavis has a lifetime of work on civil rights and human rights for African-American people.
He was one of the Wilmington 10 defendants unfairly imprisoned for a decade for civil rights activities in North Carolina.

Chavis has served as the leader of the United Church of Christ Commission on Social Justice dealing with environmental justice issues.
He also served as President of the NAACP and National Coordinator of the
Million Man March. Recently he was selected to do a weekly program on National Public Radio to comment on issues of concern to Black People.

There is a $30 registration fee for members and $35 for non-members to attend the ANSC Fall Convention. You may your registration form and fee to the State Office at 838 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104 or you can register online at
Please call Shelley Fearson at 334-262-0932 or 334-799-9757 for additional information.

Bridge Crossing Jubilee draws thousands to Selma including Presidential candidates

Members of the Harambe Community Youth Organization at Martin & Coretta King Unity Breakfast in Selma. L to R: Krislynn Black, Ivan Peebles, Brinae Black, Justin Morton and Alphonzo Morton, IV.

Participants in Friday’s Community Conversation at the Dallas County Court House. L. to R. Rev. Otis Tolliver, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Angelina Butler, veteran of the Nashville sit-in movement, Anthony Browder, historian of ancient Africa, Dr. Raymond Winbush, Reparation’s advocate, Johansse Gregory, Dick Gregory’s 10th child, Dr. Ben Chavis, NNPA, standing are Mark Thompson and Faya Rose Toure, moderators of the conversation.
Attorney Stacey Abrams, Georgia voting rights advocate receives 2020 National Unity Award from Faya Rose Toure at Unity Breakfast.
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Prize Laureate from Liberia receives the 2020 International Peace and Justice Award from Ainka Jackson at Unity Breakfast.
Columba Toure of Senagal, West Africa receiving 2020 International Unity Award from Hank Sanders at the Unity Breakfast.

Thousands of people came to Selma, Alabama this past weekend for the Bridge Crossing Jubilee to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ in 1965, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
More than 20,000 people participated in Sunday’s march reenactment crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge including a number of candidates for the Democratic nomination for President.
The Bridge Crossing Jubilee, featuring 50 different events over four days, make it the largest celebration of civil rights and voting rights in America.
In addition to a street festival, parade, golf tournament and other related events there were many important workshops on issues relating to voting rights, reparations, African history, education and many other issues.
On Friday evening there was a mock trail and a public conversation to discuss important issues. On Saturday morning there was a Foot Soldiers Breakfast to honor the 650 ordinary people who participated in the original march and were beaten on the bridge.
On Sunday morning there was the Martin and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast to honor persons who have contributed to the civil rights and voting rights movement.
The photos above show some of the honorees and workshop participants.