Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission to send delegation to “Bloody Sunday” Commemorative Events to honor King Legacy Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission set to join thousands to walk in Dr. King’s footsteps to commemorate historic March for Voting Rights in Selma
For Interviews: DuShun Scarbrough, Executive Director
Little Rock, Arkansas– The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has organized a delegation to represent Arkansas in Selma, Alabama this weekend for the 54th Annual Selma Bridge Jubilee Crossing. The Selma Bridge Jubilee Crossing will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Selma, Alabama and bring thousands from across the country together to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” which occurred March 7, 1965, when a group of about 525 African American demonstrators gathered at Browns Chapel to demand the right to vote. Two weeks later, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and 3,200 civil rights protesters marched the 49 miles from Selma to the state capital, Montgomery—an event that prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. Every year on the first weekend in March, the Bridge Crossing Jubilee commemorates both the bloody confrontation at the Pettus Bridge and the March from Selma to Montgomery that followed. Special Confirmed guests who will attend the March include the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Charles Steede, National President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along with several presidential candidates.
“This is an opportunity for the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission to literally walk in Dr. King’s footsteps and honor the sacrifices that he and so many others made through nonviolence,” says DuShun Scarbrough, Executive Director. The Bridge Crossing Jubilee taking place in Selma is not only historic; it is symbolic of a transition. Each day becomes a part of the past and we are setting an example for the next generation of leaders who will carry on Dr. King’s legacy. As we prepare to enter an election year, we see the Selma Trip as also an opportunity to re-energize Arkansans, especially young Arkansans who will turn 18 and become eligible to exercise their constitutional right to vote -which is the premise for this weekend’s events. Ms. Annie Abrams once said, ‘Service is the rent that we pay to stay here on earth.’ This is our service, to teach young people about Dr. King and to honor the impact he made in Arkansas and across the nation”