Google Cloud sponsored 57th annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Published 1:11 pm Thursday, March 10, 2022

For the second straight year, Google Cloud will sponsor the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

Google Cloud officials made the announcement this week. The company also will also donate $50,000 to event, a slight increase from 2021. Last year’s donation was $30,000 at the virtual event

Despite having live events, Google Cloud will provide in-kind technical support for the Jubilee’s online march component through which individuals can experience the 54-mile walk in a virtual setting, with archival photos, first-hand oral histories, and video excerpts.

Google Cloud officials are excited about sponsoring the Jubilee for a second straight year.

Clark Gillespy, an Alabama native and Google Global Head of Data Center of Economic and Community Development, said its important for the company to showcase a big part of American history.

“It is a tremendous honor to again support this historic, impactful event that marked a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and in our nation’s history,” Gillespy said.  “As a part of our developing a long-term partnership with the Selma to Montgomery March Foundation, this year’s increased monetary support is indicative of our immense pride in Google’s data center presence in Jackson County, as well as our expanding local and national support of the Black community.”

Added Google Director of Energy  Michael Terrell: “To have the ability to again to provide a virtual component through Google technology that gives a unique vantage point of the Selma to Montgomery March is a source of immense pride for the entire Google family, not only here in Alabama, but also nationally.”