Provided By: Alabama News Network
The 55th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is underway in Selma. This annual event remembers Bloody Sunday and celebrates civil rights history.
Bloody Sunday happened on March 7, 1965. That’s when hundreds of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to call for equal voting rights. They were met by dozens of Alabama State Troopers who beat them. That event brought Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of people from across the country to Selma two weeks later to march from Selma to the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery and led Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act.
This year’s event features a Presidential Candidates Forum, which will be held at Wallace Community College in Selma on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Several Democratic presidential candidates have announced plans to be in Selma this weekend, including Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. Alabama holds its presidential primary on March 3, as part of Super Tuesday.