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Central Alabama Fall Festival in Selma Called a “Mild Success”

Organizers of the Central Alabama Fall Festival in Selma say this year’s event was a mild success. The festival replaced the annual Central Alabama Fair because of COVID-19 concerns. Manager John Haskell says attendance was better than expected, but still only reached about 60% of the numbers from last year’s fair. CDC guidelines for COVID-19 protection were followed during the…

James Perkins Defeats Miah Jackson in Selma Mayor’s Race

  Unofficial results show James Perkins has defeated Miah Jackson in the race for Selma Mayor. The final results are: James Perkins    4,001   64.9% Miah Jackson      2,164   35.10% Perkins held the office from 2000-2008. When he was first elected, he was the first Black mayor in Selma’s history. Jackson is the wife of District Attorney Michael Jackson….

Twelve People Running to Become Selma’s Next Mayor

There are twelve candidates each hoping to become the next mayor of Selma. The city election is August 25. Current Mayor Darrio Melton is not seeking a second term. He made the announcement on Facebook earlier this month. Here are the people who have qualified for the race: Tremayne Gorden Robert Green Miah Jackson Cleophus Mann James Perkins, Jr. Clyde…

Body of Rep. John Lewis Makes Final Journey Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

  This morning, a caisson bearing the body of Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, as people in the city said goodbye to the civil rights icon who helped change the course of the nation. Today’s journey began at the historic Brown Chapel AME Church, where many events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s…

City of Selma Says Goodbye to Rep. John Lewis at Memorial Service

  People in Selma are saying their goodbyes to civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. A memorial service was held tonight at Brown Chapel AME Church, one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement. While the public wasn’t allowed inside due to social distancing requirements, many watched live coverage on television. Selma Mayor Darrio Melton provided a welcome to…

Details of the Life and Death of Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in Selma in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died on Friday, July 17. He was 80. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him “one of the greatest heroes of American history.”…

Some in Selma Oppose Renaming Bridge for Rep. John Lewis

Growing calls nationally to honor the memory of Rep. John Lewis by putting his name on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma where he and other voting rights demonstrators were beaten 55 years ago are being met with some resistance in the city. Some say renaming the bridge for the Georgia congressman would dishonor local activists who spent years advocating…

Sister of John Lewis Speaks to Alabama News Network about His Death

Alabama News Network has spoken to Rosa Tyner, the youngest sister of U.S.  Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), who died Friday at the age of 80. Lewis, who was a native of Troy, was severely beaten on Bloody Sunday in Selma in 1965 and leaves a legacy of fighting for civil rights. “I prayed to God for him to spare him,…

Bloody Sunday in Selma Shaped the Life of Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee is put on the ground by Alabama State troopers while Hosea Williams runs as state troopers break up civil rights voting march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama. (AP Photo) John Lewis saw the line of Alabama state troopers a few hundred yards away as he led hundreds of marchers to…