Newswire: Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2023: Now more than ever!


 
Selma, AL – So many people are calling and asking, ‘Will we still have The Bridge Crossing Jubilee in March?’” said Hank Sanders. My response is: “Yes. Now more than ever!” 
 
Faya Rose Toure, Founder and National Coordinator of The Bridge Crossing Jubilee said: “The Bridge Crossing Jubilee is needed every year. But in light of the massive devastation in Selma, it is needed now more than ever. The Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2023 is an opportunity to not just build back Selma but to build the Beloved Community in Selma.” 
 
Sanders said: “Every year tens of thousands of people come from across the country and across the world to participate in the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee. They come on a spiritual journey. They get revived spiritually. They share with others from across the country and world. But they do not leave anything behind in Selma. This year, we are asking folks to come and be spiritually revived and to share with one another but to continue to do something to help build the Beloved Community in Selma.”  
 
“It is not enough to build Selma back as it was. This is an opportunity to build Selma into the Beloved Community that those Foot Soldiers on the Bridge risked their lives to build,” said Toure. We are asking all organizations in and out of Selma to develop their own initiatives consistent with the Selma of justice, fairness and prosperity. The 2023 Bridge Crossing Jubilee – Now More Than Ever!” said Toure.
 
Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn said: “We need all the help we can get to overcome the devastation wrought by this tornado. We need as many people as possible to come to Selma during The Bridge Cross Jubilee to see the devastation so that they can help.”
 
Dr James Mitchell, Chairman of the Selma to Montgomery March Commemoration Foundation, said: “Many national leaders and other national personalities have been invited to the 2023 Jubilee, and we expect so many of them to come because they come every year but also because of the devastation in Selma. In fact, we expect more people to come this year than usual, and that has been many tens of thousands each year. Also, the Annual Martin & Coretta King Unity Breakfast will be back in the WCCS gym this year.”
 
Dr. Margaret Hardy, Jubilee Board Member, said: “I and others are making donations in the name of The Bridge Crossing Jubilee to help those in crisis in Selma as a result of the tornado devastation.” Members of the Selma-to-Montgomery March Foundation and the Bridge Crossing Jubilee and other leaders held a press conference today at 11:00 a.m. on the Selma side of the Foot of the Bridge concerning a very special Bridge Crossing Jubilee in light of the devastating tornado that hit Selma. The new theme in the aftermath of the tornado devastation in Selma is “The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2023 – Now More Than Ever.” 

For more information, contact: Hank Sanders (334) 782-1651 and Hank23Sanders@gmail.com

Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee names new Principal Coordinator

Drew Glover a California native is the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee’s new Principal Coordinator.
Glover replaces Faya Rose Toure, who co-founded the Jubilee with her husband and former State Senator Hank Sanders. Toure was the Jubilee’s unpaid coordinator for the last 28 years.
“It is an honor and privilege to follow in the footsteps of giants who have come before me and who have kept this powerful and important event strong for decades,” Glover said in a release. “Because of them, I have this opportunity as well as the Civil Rights that I and other people of color have today.”
Glover, a Santa Cruz, California native, has a background in nonviolence education and addressed social inequities around issues of race and systemic oppression.
The 56th annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is scheduled for March 4-7, 2021. The events include the annual crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Miss Jubilee pageant and Freedom Flame Awards.
Glover said he plans to bring new events to the jubilee, including a venture summit for young entrepreneurs, a new educational symposium on social change and virtual portal for people around the world to participate in the celebration.
“In a moment in history when police brutality and systemic racism are prevalent across the nation, what is clear is the tremendous work still left to do,” Glover said. “The Bridge Crossing Jubilee is something everyone should experience because it educates, uplifts and reminds us of the power of the people when they unite in the fight for justice.”