Selma hosts busy Saturday

Selma, Ala. (WSFA) -- Call it a celebration for all ages.

Saturday, children and adults alike lined the streets of Selma to ring in the city's Bridge Crossing Jubilee and acknowledge the added importance of this year's festivities.

"I can tell my children or my grandchildren that I was here on the 44th annual [bridge crossing], the same year Barack Obama [was inaugurated]," said Aliceville resident Adonis Bozeman.

A Presidential theme echoed through the crowds, as people enjoyed good food and good fun.

Along with the recreation, however, came education.  Lectures and museum tours exposed the heart of the matter as visitors and current Civil Rights leaders relived a tumultuous past.

"We are coming back to this place in Selma so that we can revisit it and renew our commitment to the good fight of justice," said Byron Clay, Interim President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

It's a shockwave of change that started in Selma, at the foot of the Edmund Pettis Bridge.  44 years later, visitors say it's amazing to see just how far society has come.

"To go from 1965 and not being able to vote--not being allowed to register to vote--to having a black elected leader of the free world is really indescribable," said Vester Marable of Tuskegee.

Stay tuned to WSFA 12 News and for more coverage on Selma's Bridge Crossing Jubilee.