Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO. (Courtesy Photo)


Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO


Beginning on Thursday, March 5Th, President & CEO Cornell William Brooks will participate in a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march in Selma, Montgomery. President Brooks will offer commentary on what this anniversary means for the country and how we must move forward in the wake of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, increased voter suppression laws and the erosions in social and economic gains for many Americans across the country. President Brooks’ visit to Selma will end on Monday, March 9th.

Hundreds of activists tried to walk peacefully from Selma to Montgomery on March 7, 1965 to support voting rights for African-Americans when they were attacked by Alabama State Troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The march would later end peacefully in Montgomery on March 25, 1965, with 25,000 people converging at the state Capitol steps to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The courage and bravery of these marchers led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which opened voting booths to millions of Blacks in the South.


Thursday 03/05/15:

7:00pm: “Memorial Service for Martyrs of the Movement”

Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1431 Broad Street

Friday 03/06/15:

12:00pm – 3:00pm: “Building a movement from the ground up” workshop

Performing Arts Center, 1000 Selma Avenue

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Meeting with 35 US Attorneys

SPLC 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery

7:00pm – 9:00pm: “A Public Conversation” Panel Discussion

Dallas County Courthouse, 105 Lauderdale Street

Saturday 03/07/15:

9:00am – 12:00pm: “Race, Poverty, and the Injustice system” Breakout session

Dallas County Courthouse, 105 Lauderdale Street

12:30pm – 2:00pm: “Fruits of the Labor Luncheon”

Selma Convention Center, 211 Washington Street

1:30pm – 2:45pm: State of Black America Panel

Selma Convention Center

*President Obama will speak after the luncheon*

Sunday 03/08/15:

7:30am – 9:00am: “Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast”

WCCS, 3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway

10:30am – 11:30am: Brown Chapel Service

410 Martin Luther King Street

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Post March Rally & Salute to Foot Soldiers

Post Bridge Stage

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Meeting with Alabama State Conference and Black Farmers

Renaissance Hotel, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery AL