WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced he will give remarks at several events during this year’s Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee on Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Selma, Alabama. The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee is a commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” which occurred March 7, 1965, when nearly 600 civil rights activists were brutally attacked by law enforcement while peacefully marching from Selma to Montgomery on the Edmond Pettus Bridge. Brown has made multiple pilgrimages to Selma to commemorate Bloody Sunday with his family and congressional delegations.
“The brave women and men who marched from Selma to Montgomery 54 years ago risked their lives to demand full and equal participation in our democracy,” said Brown. “As we see the deliberate dismantling of voting rights all across the country today, it’s more important than ever that we honor those foot soldiers and continue to stand up for the rights they sacrificed so much for.”
Brown will give remarks during the Martin Luther King & Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast. He will also deliver remarks at the historic Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, which served as the focal point where Dr. King and other activists organized the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and voter registrations. Finally, Brown will speak at the foot of the Edmond Pettus Bridge, where Congressman John Lewis (GA-05) and other non-violent protestors were brutally attacked while fighting for the right to vote.
Brown attended the first year of the annual Congressional pilgrimage in 1998 and keeps the photo of him marching through Selma in his office. In 2015, the Faith and Politics Institute organized the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Selma during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Bloody Sunday. The events were chaired by Congressman John Lewis, and Brown co-led the pilgrimage with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). The event had more than 90 other lawmakers in attendance and included visits to Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Marion.