Selma March & Rally Begins Fri., March 9

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    By Special to the Daily World
    Rev. Al Sharpton & National Action Network (NAN), along with major national leaders, will announce that beginning March 4, NAN will lead a five-day march commemorating the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.

    The march will begin at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, ending with a rally at the Alabama State Capitol on Friday, March 9.  The March is in support of voters rights and to highlight the continuing efforts against voter suppression. This includes the efforts to defeat voter identification laws and reverse anti-immigration laws in the state of Alabama.

    Further, Sharpton and NAN will announce that National Action Network will lead a rally on March 27 in Washington, D.C., at the United States Supreme Court as arguments are heard on Obama Care.

    Other  invited participants include: Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza; Lee Saunders, secretary-treasurer of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees); Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

    They were among those who joined Sharpton recently at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., announcing the march and rally.

    The Voting Rights Campaign, which culminated on “Bloody Sunday,” is credited with educating millions of Americans about discrimination in voting, persuading President Johnson and congress to enact the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which led to a dramatic increase in African-American political empowerment.

    The tour includes: worship service in a historic church in Selma, Ala.; pilgrimage to the memorial site marking the martyrdom of Mrs. Viola Gregg Liuzzo; re-enactment of the march Across the Edmund Pettis Bridge, and a video on Dr. King’s leadership in the campaign and how it led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    Locally, the tour costs $35 per seat (limited seating) and payment is required at time of reservation for a turn around trip. Payment options are cash, check and money orders. For more information and to register, visit the website at http://www.thekingcenter.org

    The tour will leave from in front of The King Center, 449 Auburn Ave, N.E, Atlanta, GA, Sunday, March 4, at 7 a.m., and return approximately 7 p.m. to The King Center.

    For more information contact Charles Alphin, calphin1@bellsouth.net http://www.ddktour.com or Barbara Harrison, director, External Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, The King Center, 404-526-8961 bharrison@thekingcenter.org.

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