MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A number of events will take place in the capital city in March for the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights.
March 6 - March 28
March 9 - March 13
The SCLC is reenacting the 54-mile Selma-to-Montgomery March. The march will conclude Friday, March 13 with an 11 a.m. event on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, according to Sen. Hank Sanders.
March 20 - March 25
Walking Classroom: A group of 10 youth ages 18 to 25 were selected to participate in the National Park Service's Walking Classroom. These students will walk the 54 miles in commemoration of the 50th anniversary.
The Five Days to Freedom Festival begins at 10 a.m. at the Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library, 3095 Mobile Highway. The festival will feature performances by Toia Jones, local vocalist Michael McDonald and the Steppers Choice, while providing a platform for the community -- especially Montgomery's youth -- to learn about the history of the march and the pivotal role Alabama played in securing voting rights for all citizens. In addition, various vendors will offer food, fun and information on healthy lifestyles for attendees. Special appearances by Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Chuck E. Cheese and Big Mo will be a highlight of the festival for Montgomery's youth.
March 23 – March 27
Dream Marches On Youth Educational Tour: 7th -12th graders will get together the week of spring break to learn about the history. Students will travel to Tuskegee, Selma, St. Jude and spots in Montgomery.
- 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: City of St. Jude will host a Celebration of the Stars for Freedom Rally. Stars such as Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Peter Paul and Mary, and more came to the original rally. This year – student marchers will participate. Guest speakers include the mayor, Probate Judge Stephen reed, Toia Jones and Archibishop Thomas Rodi
- 7-10 p.m.: Ledisi Concert with special guest Rahzelon at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. [Tickets are sold out]
There will be a a reenactment of the last leg of the Selma to Montgomery March. The March will start at 10 a.m. They are expected to arrive at 1 p.m. for an event to start at the State Capitol.
For a list of more events, visit the Dream Marches On website.