SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Year after year, the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee draws folks from near and far to the city where the civil rights struggle began more than 45 years ago.
"It's a way that this town celebrates our past as well as our future, and to see people come from throughout the state, the country, even the world," says Alida Hines.
It's four days of seminars, meetings, presentations, and festivals ending with what some may say is the best part of it all--reenacting that famous walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
"The blood that was shed on that day of Bloody Sunday...it just stays on my mind. And when I cross the bridge, I just keep it in mind," says Selma resident, Malik Walker.
But the visitors aren't the only ones benefiting from the action. Hotels across the city are booked to capacity. For General Manager Gavin Moon at the St. James Hotel, it's the best time of year.
"We have 41 rooms in the hotel and all 41 are booked for three nights."
The Jubilee kicked off with a welcome reception hosted by city officials at the Selma Performing Arts Center. Then folks made their way to a mass meeting at the Tabernacle Baptist Church.
"It's such a great time to be here. To be part of the energy and to meet new people and just a great thing to have," adds Hines.
Saturday events consist of a Freedom Children's Breakfast, the Jubilee Parade, and the Inter-generational Youth Summit as well as a festival and health fair.
The famous bridge marching reenactment is Sunday at 2:30pm.
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