SELMA, AL (WSFA) - It started with praise and then prayer.
People thanked God for those who went before them helping make equal rights a reality.
Hundreds gathered at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Selma where leaders say some of the first mass meetings of the civil rights movement took place.
"We've come a long way in this country," says Sister Mahidera.
Mahidera participates in the Jubilee Annual Bridge Crossing events every year.
She says they help her understand the civil rights movement.
"It's very important to remember those who came before us because it wasn't quite an easy life at that time," she adds.
The mass meeting ignites a weekend of concerts, seminars and church services.
"It's going to be a tremendous line-up of entertainers for the festival this year," says Organizer Sam Walker.
It all caps off with the famous bridge crossing.
"It's exhilarating, it's emotional, it's exciting," says Mahidera.
Organizers and participants say they get to be a part of history, too.
"Each year when we go across the bridge on Sunday, we recommit to continue the struggle," adds Walker.
For a complete list of all the Jubilee events look on the community page of www.wsfa.com.