Selma, AL, July 28, 2016: The National Voting Rights Museum and the Bridge Crossing Jubilee announce events to commemorate the 51st Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act 6 months after the historic Bloody Sunday and Selma to Montgomery March. The Act removed many barriers that allowed the election of hundreds of African American public offices. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the heart of the act, the preclearance provisions. Since that time, voting barriers have been resurrected. However, the fight to secure voting rights continue. Therefore, the public is urged to attend a reception and special ceremony to honor the students from area schools who help give birth to the Voting Rights Act. The Ceremony of Appreciation will take place at the Bridge House Theater located at
9 U.S. Highway 80, Selma, Alabama on Saturday, August 6th, at 2:00 p.m. The Museum will be open to the public free of charge from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Citizens who participated in the movement are urged to contact Mae Richardson or Sam Walker at the National Voting Rights Museum at (334) 418-0800.