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Biden to attend Unity Breakfast virtually

According to a press release from the Selma to Montgomery March Anniversary Commemoration Foundation, U.S. President Joe Biden will attend this year’s Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast Sunday, March 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Wallace Community College – Selma (WCCS).

Biden has taken part in previous Bridge Crossing Jubilee festivities, including speaking at the Unity Breakfast in 2014 when he was Vice President and attending the bridge crossing ceremony during last year’s event after winning the South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary contest.

Biden will be attending virtually this year and speaking alongside a wide array of national figures, including U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-SC, Martin Luther King III, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Black Voters Matter Co-Founders LaTosha Brown and Cliff Albright, Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-AL, and others.

Lafayette’s speech will specifically focus on honoring the four civil rights icons who died last year – Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Congressman John Lewis, Dr. C.T. Vivian and attorney Bruce Boynton.

At the conclusion of the event at 9:30 a.m., participants will take part in a memorial ride from the campus of WCCS across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where Lafayette will place four wreaths in memory of the fallen icons.

The Unity Breakfast and the ensuing memorial ride will be the only events held in-person during this year’s Jubilee and tickets are $25 per person – participants will remain in their vehicles and receive a pre-packaged breakfast as some of the scheduled speakers give their remarks live from an elevated stage.

Two large LED screens and speakers will be broadcasting the breakfast so participants can listen with their windows down and it will also be accessible via a FM signal.

Other speakers, including Biden, will be presenting virtually.

“We did not want to break the long history of the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast, but we do want people to be safe,” said Selma to Montgomery March Anniversary Commemoration Foundation Board Member Hank Sanders in a press release. “We believe our planned arrangement for the drive-in breakfast and COVID-safe protocols for all speakers and attendees will meet both goals.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 334-267-0218 – tickets can also be purchased in-person at 1 Union Street in Selma.