KING CENTER COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH FOR VOTING RIGHTS

3/4/2015

Atlanta . . . The King Center will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights with three events:  screenings of the award-winning film “Selma” at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium (March 6-8); an “Historical and Educational Civil Rights Tour,” to Selma, AL; and an address by King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King at the 50th Anniversary Bridge Crossing Jubilee Mass Meeting on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Selma, AL. Dr. King will also provide remarks at the Post March Rally and Salute to Foot Soldiers at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, AL, between 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

“The Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights was a pivotal moment in American history,” said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King in announcing the commemorative program. “This historic protest march secured one of the most important pieces of legislation in the twentieth century, the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which made democracy a reality for millions of citizens for the first time. The King Center proudly honors the courageous participants in this campaign, which has transformed our society so much for the better.”

The King Center will show the film, “Selma” for a nominal fee of $5 for adults and $2.50 for children, students and seniors at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium on: Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. The widely-acclaimed film, which was directed by Ava DuVernay, produced by Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Cameron McKracken and Christian Coulson, and stars David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, has received numerous prestigious awards and honors, including the Academy Award for Best Song (by John Legend and Common).

The King Center is also sponsoring “The Historical and Educational Civil Rights Tour, Selma, AL” on Sunday, March 8, the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the day in 1965 when the first Selma to Montgomery March lead by John Lewis and Rev. Hosea Williams began and was greeted by a vicious attack by local law enforcement.

Tour highlights include: a worship service at the historic Second Avenue Baptist Church; a visit to Marion, Alabama, home of Jimmie Lee Jackson who was martyred during the historic protest; a pilgrimage to the memorial site marking the martyrdom of Mrs. Viola Gregg Liuzzo; re-enactment of the March across the Edmund Pettis bridge; and a video on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership in the campaign and how it lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The tour, which is sold out, will depart The King Center at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 8 and return from Alabama that evening at approximately 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please call Steve Klein at (404) 526-8944.

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