25th Jubilee starts Thursday night at Tabernacle
Published 6:05 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Thousands of people will visit Selma over the next few days to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, and Jubilee organizers have scheduled nearly 40 events over the four-day festival to keep visitors busy.
The Jubilee, which is in its 25th year, starts Thursday with a mass meeting at Tabernacle Baptist Church at 7 p.m. The church, which is located at 1431 Broad St., played host to one of the first mass meetings in Selma on equal voting rights during the movement. Prior to the meeting, there will be a memorial service at 6 p.m. for chair Gladys Dunston and other movement heroes.
There is no charge for the event, and the guest speaker is attorney Fred Gray. Gray is a famed civil rights attorney that worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He also defended Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The Miss Jubilee Pageant will be held at the same time. The location was changed from the School of Discovery to Wallace Community College Selma. Tickets are $5.
The Mayor’s Welcome Reception, which was scheduled for 5 p.m. has been canceled. Mayor Darrio Melton said the current administration had not planned anything for the event.
Friday’s events start bright and early with the Jubilee Golf Tournament at Valley Grande Golf Course at 6:30 a.m. The entry fee is $50. To sign up, call Dr. Leroy Maxwell of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at (334) 412-8090.
There will also be an education summit at Wallace Community College Selma featuring Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a movie festival at Selma High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the “Freedom’s Children” photo exhibit at the Elders House, located at 1326 Water Ave. from 3-6 p.m., inductions into the Legal Guardians Hall of Fame and Women’s Hall of Fame, both at the NVRM at 6 U.S. Highway 80 East from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., a mock trial at the Dallas County Courthouse from 5-7 p.m. The “Stomp Out to Vote” step show will be held at the School of Discovery from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Saturday’s events start with the Foot Soldiers Breakfast, which is at R.B. Hudson Middle School from 8-9:30 a.m. Tickets are $5. The Jubilee Parade will begin at Concordia College Alabama on Broad Street and go to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It starts at 9 a.m. The Battle of the Bands is from 10:45-11:15 a.m.
The Jubilee Street Festival is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be two stages featuring a lineup of gospel, blues, hip hop and R&B artists. The lineup will feature Paul Porter, Dottie Peoples, Peggy Scott Adams, Pokey, Alvin Garrett and Just a Few Cats and more. Tickets are $17 at the gate. It will be held on the Selmont side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge near the Voting Rights Monument.
The Freedom Flame Awards Gala will be held at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center, located at 211 Washington St., from 7-10 p.m. It will honor Dorie Ladner, Biller Perlman, Dr. Rosalind and Dr. Leonard Jeffries and Kathleen Cleaver. Tickets are $50 per person and $400 per table.
Saturday will also feature a series of workshops with the theme of “Many More Bridges to Cross.” They will be held at the Dallas County Courthouse and the Dallas County Courthouse Annex from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. At the same time, there will also be a Southern Reparations Summit at the courthouse.
Sunday’s will start with the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast at Wallace from 7:30-9:30 a.m. For tickets, contact Ebony Rose at (334) 876-9410.
Various churches throughout the city will hold services commemorating Bloody Sunday. A pre-march rally will be held at Brown Chapel AME Church, located at 410 Martin Luther King Street from 1-2:30 p.m. The reenactment of Bloody Sunday will start from there at 2:30 p.m. and go over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. There will be a post-march rally afterward at the foot of the bridge.
The National Voting Rights Museum will also be open throughout the Jubilee each day from 9-6 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit selma50.com.