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Feud Between Selma Activist and District Attorney Continues

Former State Senator Hank Sanders Demands a Retraction and Apology from District Attorney Michael Jackson

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The public feud between Selma activist Faya Rose — and Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson — takes a new turn. Now former state senator Hank Sanders has joined the fray. Toure — and her husband former State Senator Hank Sanders — responded differently to accusations of stealing made by District Attorney Michael Jackson. “I’m…

Congressman John Lewis’ Passing Leaves Void in Bridge Crossing Jubilee

From the West Alabama newsroom– Congressman John Lewis was a fixture at the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma. He used his influence — to support the effort to commemorate Bloody Sunday — and the Selma to Montgomery marches. Lewis rarely missed an opportunity to attend the Jubilee over the years. His iconic stature helped grow the event into one…

Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee Announces New Leadership

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The largest Civil Rights event in the country is now under new leadership. The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee recently announced Drew Glover of Santa Cruz, California — as the new Principal Coordinator for the event. Glover takes over from Faya Rose Toure — who coordinated the Jubilee for nearly 30 years. The Jubilee features more…

Democratic Presidential Candidates Attend Annual Bridge Crossing Re-Enactment

Sunday marked the final day of the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee weekend. There were some well-known faces in Selma, including several democratic presidential candidates. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren; Former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Former Vice President Joe Biden; former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg; and philanthropist Tom Steyer all brought their campaigning efforts to Selma…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee Kicks Into High Gear

From the West Alabama Newsroom– It was another full slate of events Saturday at the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma. The day featured about twenty separate activities and events. Half of them were workshops — covering topics like mass incarceration — reparations — and the power of the vote. “We need every person who has the eligibility to vote…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee 2020 Underway in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is underway in Selma. The four day event kicked off Thursday night with a welcome reception — and a mass meeting at the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church. There was a full slate of activities going on all day Friday. Calvin McTier of Montgomery is one of the golfers taking part…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee: Complete Schedule

The 55th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is underway in Selma. This annual event remembers Bloody Sunday and celebrates civil rights history. Bloody Sunday happened on March 7, 1965. That’s when hundreds of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to call for equal voting rights. They were met by dozens of Alabama State Troopers who beat them. That…

Safety Preparations Before Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Local law enforcement is gearing up for the largest civil rights commemoration in the world, the 55th anniversary of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee. “We want them to know that we’re going to do everything possible to make sure this weekend is a safe weekend for them so they can come out and enjoy,” said Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford. Fulford…

Elizabeth Warren Scheduled to Be in Selma on Bloody Sunday

Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is scheduled to be in Selma on Sunday, which will mark the 55th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Former State Sen. Hank Sanders says Warren will take part in the Historical Selma Presidential Forum on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Wallace Community College Selma. Sanders says the event is the first-ever presidential forum to be…

Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast Kickoff Bloody Sunday Re-enactment

Presidential Candidates Corey Booker and Bernie Sanders were among the high ranking officials at the breakfast Sunday. Fifty four years after bloody Sunday, voting rights and voter suppression were the hot topics. Reverend Jesse Jackson says that Selma should not be used as an annual prop. He says Selma presents an opportunity for rural reconstruction. Former Secretary of State and…