Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail to hold panel discussion

Published 8:29 pm Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail will have a panel discussion on Aug. 25 at the Lowndes Interpretive Center in White Wall.

The discussion “Preserving is Caring” goes from 10 a.m. until noon. The speakers are Montgomery National Historic Trail Museum Specialist Robyn Harris and Wallace Community College professor Dr. Tara White.

The event is free and open to the public in the Lowndes Interpretive Center Theater Room. Seating will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis and it is recommended people come between 15-30 minutes early.

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Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Park Ranger Anthony Bates expects a day of solid discussion about the two cities’ connection to the Civil Rights Era. The 54-mile Selma to Montgomery March in 1965 eventually led to then-President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, giving equal voting rights to African-Americans.

“I envision that the program will bring an awareness to youth and adults about the importance of historic preservation, and encourage them to share the tips and tools they receive with their families, friends, and local communities,” Bates said.