Jubilee organizers confirm celebrity guests

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 20, 2005

Bridge Crossing Jubilee organizers announced Friday that more marquee celebrities have confirmed they will be attending the Freedom Flame Awards banquet on March 6.

Actor Paul Newman, legendary singer Tony Bennett, and comedian and activist Dick Gregory are among those who have added their names to the guest list, according to Jubilee Director Sam Walker.

These celebrities are in addition to singer/actor Harry Belafonte, who sent his conformation to organizers last week.

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“Tony Bennett and Harry Belafonte will be singing at the banquet,” Walker said. “We asked Belafonte to do a rendition of his banana song (“Day-O”).”

Additional civil rights activists, including Bill Lucy, president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and the Rev. James Orange are also expected to attend.

The Freedom Flame Awards will take place on March 5 at 7p.m. at Wallace Community College Selma.

Tickets to the event are $50, with proceeds going towards establishing a monument in honor of Amelia Boynton Robinson and Marie Foster.

The awards banquet is a special event paying tribute to civic, arts and community leaders who represent the positive outcome of the Civil Rights struggle.

Categories of the Freedom Flame awards include Beauty of the Flame, recognizing couples of the civil rights struggle and Fuelers of the Flame, which recognizes companies and organizations for their philanthropy.

There will also be a Spotlight of the Flame presentation for significant people in the media who have kept the civil rights message alive.

Fighters of the Flame, Keepers of the Flame and Igniters of the Flame acknowledge those who have played a decisive role in establishing the 40th anniversary of celebration and commemoration of the Civil Rights Act.

Walker said those not able to attend the banquet may catch a glimpse of the celebrities Saturday afternoon at the Jubilee festivities on Water Avenue.

“They plan on doing a meet and greet with the public at festival,” Walker said. “We’ve invited a few of them to come on the Hip-Hop stage or R&B stage to give a few remarks.”

Walker said some of the celebrities may also attend the 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Unity Service at Pickard Auditorium on March 6.

Tickets for the banquet are $50 and can be purchased at the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute on Water Avenue.

Tickets to all Jubilee events are $10 in advance and $13 at the gate. All access tickets may be purchased for $75.

Advanced tickets for the Bridge Crossing Jubilee are currently on sale at the museum, Calhoun Foods and One Stop Records.