Commemorative march honors final leg of 50th anniversary of Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A commemorative march honoring the 50th Anniversary of the final leg of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march will take place Wendesday in Montgomery and will culminate with a program at the Alabama State Capitol.
WHNT News 19 will live stream the commemorative program beginning at 1 p.m.
The march is organized by the city of Montgomery and Montgomery County. Participants include the National Park Service Walking Classroom, the Dream Marches On Youth Educational Tour and the general public.
The program at the State Capitol will feature recorded music and accounts of the original march, a wreath-laying ceremony, and a commemorative program including an excerpt of Dr. King’s “How Long? Not Long!” speech by his daughter, Bernice King, and a response by Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of Governor George Wallace.
Speakers at the event will include:
• Tom Joyner, radio host and Alabama native
• Governor Robert Bentley
• Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange
• Montgomery County Commission Chair Elton Dean
• Former PA Senator Harris Wofford
• Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd
• Vocal performance by Disney’s The Lion King Broadway cast member and Alabama native Bonita Hamilton-Caesar