MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Plans are in the works for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.
Leaders announced Wednesday that for the 50th anniversary, the Bridge Crossing Jubilee will be expanded and this year it will include a re-enactment of the 50-mile march from Selma to the State Capitol here in Montgomery. Throughout the years, marchers have tromped the whole way from Selma to Montgomery but organizers believe for the 50th, the march will bring in the largest crowd they have seen since the original.
State Senator Hank Sanders joined other state and national leaders to discuss the upcoming march. He says events have been going on during this year and will continue leading up to the anniversary. Leaders say there are at least 50 different activities with events happening every month in different counties.
Organizers hope the celebration will not only be a time to reflect on what happened in 1965 but also address issues they say our state and country are facing today, especially when it comes to voting rights.
"We still have great challenges to protect the right to vote, to expand the right to vote, and to keep the right to vote. The right to vote is being taken away one legislative act at a time. When you don't have a right to vote, eventually you will lose all other rights," said Rep. Hank Sanders, who serves the 23rd district.
The city of Montgomery is also making plans for the anniversary with work already taking place along the trail. Montgomery will also hold a march on March 25 -- the original day foot soldiers rested at the State Capitol. Just like the historic day, the march will start at the City of Saint Jude and end on the steps. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Bridge Crossing Jubilee will be held March 5-10. The march re-enactment will start on the 8th following the annual Bloody Sunday march and end in Montgomery on the 13th.?