The Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Alabama

Commemorating the Struggle, Celebrating the Victory

"The Jubilee" isn't just an event; it's a commitment. Originating in Selma, Alabama, we're a nonprofit that safeguards the legacy of the struggle for voting rights - both in the U.S. and globally. We aim to inspire and remind everyone, regardless of age or ethnicity, about the power of their vote.

Every year, Selma becomes a beacon of remembrance for "Bloody Sunday" - March 7, 1965. On this day, 525 African-American demonstrators, advocating for their voting rights, were confronted and attacked at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The violent clash that ensued was broadcast nationwide, highlighting the brutal racism of the South.

Remembering Bloody Sunday and the March for Rights

embarked on a march from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church. Their peaceful protest on the Edmund Pettus Bridge was met with violence, capturing the nation's attention and becoming a symbol of the fight against racial injustice. This catalytic event, broadcast on national television, was instrumental in the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Why We Return

The first weekend of every March, tens of thousands gather at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor those who stood bravely for civil rights. This pilgrimage to Selma is more than a commemoration; it's a renewal of our commitment to equality and justice. It's an opportunity to hear from surviving freedom fighters, walk alongside history makers, and join a diverse community in a festival of music, art, and historical remembrance.

Notable Attendees and Supporters

For over a decade The Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc. has attracted noted individuals from all walks of life. Notable attendees have included civil rights icons, political leaders, celebrities, and activists, each bringing their unique perspective and support to our mission.

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