Sold out: Obama to speak at Sunday breakfast

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will be the featured speaker during a unity breakfast set for Wallace Community College Selma on Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

A spokesperson for WCCS said Wednesday “The Martin and Coretta Scott King Beloved Community Unity Breakfast” has already sold out of its 600 tickets and most of the members of the 200-plus media pool following the candidate’s every move may be left outside.

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Obama is also scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. and at a pre-march rally at historic Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church at 1:30 p.m.

“Interest in attending has been overwhelming. We’ve been getting lots of calls from people all over the state and all over the country,” said Johnny Moss Jr., director of marketing and college relations.

The breakfast is sponsored by the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute, WCCS, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Eta Omega Chapter, and the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement.

Alabama Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, one of the founders of the Voting Rights Museum, said the breakfast is an annual event and is named in honor of people who spent their lives in the struggle for equality.

“The late Coretta Scott King participated in every Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma,” Sanders said. “She understood the importance of celebrating our victories and recommitting ourselves to building ‘The Beloved Community’ for which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life.”

Sunday is the climactic day for the four-day event, which is scheduled to begin tonight at 7 p.m. with a Mass Meeting at Tabernacle Baptist Church where the Rev. James Orange is the featured speaker.