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Organizers making final preparations for Jubilee

Selma is only weeks away from what some consider the most highly anticipated series of events in Selma.

Board members of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee planning committee are in the process of organizing the Selma’s famous Bridge Crossing Jubilee Celebration. Scheduled for March, the Jubilee is a National Voting Rights Museum & Institute effort that commemorates the infamous 1965 Bloody Sunday march from Selma to Montgomery and the entire Voting Right movement.

“It’s good, because it stays as a reminder and keeps us focused so we don’t forget and try not to let these things happen again,” Annie Avery, an organizer for the Jubilee.

This year’s five-day celebration, which is from March 6 to March 10, includes more than 30 events that begin with a Welcome Reception at St. James Hotel March 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The Bridge Crossing Re-enactment is March 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Avery said it takes a lot of time and effort to put together the series of Jubilee events. The group spends an entire year developing the celebration events.

“Right after the jubilee is over for the year we start planning for the following year.” That’s how we try to keep on top of it,” Avery said.

Since the Jubilee began in 1993, it has since gained national attention and visits from several famous Americans. Former President Bill Clinton, then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, former First Lady Hilary Clinton and many others have made appearances at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Celebration.

Last year, Vice President Joe Biden joined the celebration and took part in the annual Bridge Crossing Re-enactment. Biden became the first sitting vice president to take part in Jubliee.

For more information about the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Celebration, call 526- 2626.