Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee http://apr.org en March Re-enactment to End at Alabama Capitol http://apr.org/post/march-re-enactment-end-alabama-capitol <DIV> <P>A group re-enacting the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march is scheduled to complete the journey at the state Capitol.</P> <P>The group began its walk Monday. They are supposed to complete the last leg from west Montgomery to the downtown Capitol about 11 a.m. Friday. They will stand where Martin Luther King Jr. addressed thousands of marchers in 1965.</P> <P>Events surrounding the 48th anniversary of the march began last weekend with the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:34:28 +0000 The Associated Press 26354 at http://apr.org March Re-enactment to End at Alabama Capitol Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation http://apr.org/post/biden-says-selma-beatings-shaped-him-nation <P>Vice President Joe Biden said nothing shaped his consciousness more than seeing TV footage of voting rights marchers being beaten by state troopers on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.</P> <P>Biden traveled to Selma on Sunday to participate in the Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the 1965 march, which prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act and add millions of African-Americans to Southern voter rolls.</P> <P>Biden said the beatings became a moment of clarity for the nation and made people realize the right to vote was not settled. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:14:06 +0000 The Associated Press 26000 at http://apr.org Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation Governor Bentley Hosting Congressional Group http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-hosting-congressional-group <p>A congressional delegation headed to the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma will spend Saturday in Montgomery.</p><p>The delegation led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial at 11:30 a.m. A spokesman said it will honor people slain during the civil rights movement.</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:11:49 +0000 The Associated Press 25976 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Hosting Congressional Group Lawmakers' Visit Marks Segregated Past at Alabama http://apr.org/post/lawmakers-visit-marks-segregated-past-alabama <P>Members of Congress are visiting the University of Alabama to see the place where former Gov. George C. Wallace made his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration 50 years ago.</P> <DIV> <P>The leaders will be in Tuscaloosa on Friday for commemoration program.</P> <P>The event will held at the auditorium where Wallace tried to block the enrollment of black students at Alabama in 1963.</P> <P>Among those greeting the delegation will be a daughter of Wallace, Peggy Wallace Kennedy.</P> <P>The program is part of the 13th annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:28:00 +0000 The Associated Press 25886 at http://apr.org Lawmakers' Visit Marks Segregated Past at Alabama Vice President to Visit Selma Next Weekend http://apr.org/post/vice-president-visit-selma-next-weekend <p>Organizers of Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee say Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will participate in the events.</p><div><p>Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma said Saturday the Bidens will attend a unity brunch and participate in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 3. Sanders said the Bidens will help observe Selma's historic role in the civil rights movement. The Bridge Crossing Jubilee celebrates the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:26:49 +0000 The Associated Press 25534 at http://apr.org Vice President to Visit Selma Next Weekend