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John Lewis Advancement Act Day to start in Selma this weekend

Selma will be the first stop on the for the John Lewis Advancement Act Day of Action this weekend.

A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brown Chapel AME Church followed by a community-led “votercade” from Selma to Montgomery, and a 4 p.m. celebration at King’s Canvas in Montgomery.

 Black Voters Matter is working with local partners on its “Blackest Bus in America” for the John Lewis Advancement Act Day of Action, a voter education and engagement event.

The event honors late congressman John R. Lewis, who was a champion for Black voting rights. Lewis died last summer.

It comes as the Alabama legislature considers House Bill 399 and House Bill 285, two proposals that would significantly curtail voting rights, particularly in Alabama’s Black communities.

Black Voters Matter and local partners will educate participants about important legislation, including the HR4 John Lewis Voter Advancement Act, to protect voting rights and encourage Black voters to discuss issues impacting their communities.