After a 2021 virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee has returned with a mix of in-person and virtual programs to commemorate the 57th anniversary of Blood Sunday.
The Bridge Crossing Jubilee has resumed its annual series of programs, including celebrations honoring the civil rights foot soldiers who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, voter education programs, concerts, and its traditional street festival. Tickets for educational programs and entry to the street festival are available for purchase on the Selma Jubilee website (tickets for the street festival are also available in-person).
Events kicked off on Thursday with the annual mass meeting at Tabernacle Baptist Church, followed by a day of educational programs and public conversations on Friday.
Saturday’s programs kick off with annual Foot Soldiers Breakfast, followed by the Battle of the Bands, the Jubilee parade, an intergenerational hip-hop summit, and the Jubilee street festival. Saturday’s educational series includes virtual voters issues workshops and a “Restoring the Right to Vote” workshop at Wallace Community College.
On Sunday, March 6 events will commence with the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast and Sunday services at various churches around the city. The annual commemoration of Bloody Sunday kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with a pre-march rally in front of Brown Chapel A.M.E Church on 410 Martin Luther King St., followed by the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Vice President Kalama Harris is expected to attend and speak at events on Sunday, as well as participate in the annual event’s symbolic march across the bridge. According to the Associated Press, several other members of President Joe Biden’s administration will also attend the event, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan.