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Honoring the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March
City of Montgomery, County, ASU encourage public to participate in commemorative march from The City of St. Jude to the Alabama State Capitol on March 25
MONTGOMERY – The City of Montgomery, Montgomery County and Alabama State University encourage the public to participate in a commemorative march of the final leg of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights Trail scheduled for March 25. This event is free and open to the public.
“We hope to welcome thousands of participants to Montgomery March 25 as we commemorate this pivotal moment in the history of our community and our nation with a re-creation of the final portion of the Voting Rights March,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “The march coincides with spring break for many students, making it a perfect opportunity for young people to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
More than 200 members of the National Park Service Walking Classroom program as well as some 185 area junior high and high school students and staff who are part of the Dream Marches on Youth Tour will participate in this march. For more information on both programs visit www.dreammarcheson.com.
"50 years ago, I was one of those kids who walked out of class to join the march,” Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean said. “It was a pivotal moment in my life, and we hope by offering these programs our youth will understand just how critical their family, friends or neighbors were to securing voting rights for all Americans.”
Marchers of all ages will depart The City of St. Jude at 10 a.m. Wednesday as they walk the historic 3.1-mile route to the steps of the Alabama State Capitol, where the event will culminate in a recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s How Long, Not Long speech by his daughter, the Rev. Dr. Bernice King. She will be joined by Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of Gov. George Wallace. The program will also include a performance by Alabama State University graduate Bonita Hamilton-Caesar, who is a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MARCH ROUTE MAP
Entry Points to the March
City officials encourage anyone interested to participate in the march by meeting at The City of St. Jude before 10 a.m. March 25, or joining behind march leaders via five other distinct entry points. Public entry points to join the march are:
• West Jeff Davis Avenue at Oak Street;
• Day Street at South Holt Street;
• Mildred Street at Mobile Street;
• Montgomery Street at Goldthwaite Street;
• Any portion of Dexter Avenue.
In addition to providing a mobile water station on Dexter Avenue, the City will provide water stations for marchers at the following locations:
• The City of St. Jude;
• Early Street at Oak Street;
• West Jeff Davis Avenue at Ewell Street;
• 620 South Holt Street;
• Montgomery Street at Goldthwaite Street.
City officials encourage participants planning to begin the march at The City of St. Jude to park at the Hayneville Road Community Center, located at 3315 Hayneville Road. Free shuttle service to The City of St. Jude will be available from 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Participants planning to join the march on Dexter Avenue should park at Paterson Field or the Biscuits parking lots on Columbus Street. Free shuttle service to Dexter Avenue will be provided from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Limited parking will be available at the City Municipal Deck at City Hall and the Intermodal Deck, free of charge.
The City will not charge for any metered parking found from Monroe Street to Washington Avenue between Bainbridge and Perry Streets. Following the event, free shuttle service will be provided for every parking area. Participants can board the shuttle at the pickup point located at the corner of Monroe and McDonough Streets.
Parking designated for the disabled or those in need of assistance will be available at Biscuits Parking Lot #1 on Columbus Street. Officials will provide a free shuttle to the event. Free shuttle service will also be provided after the event. Participants parked in lots designated for the disabled or those in need of assistance must load the shuttle at the pickup point at the corner of Bainbridge Street and Washington Avenue.
For maps and more information, visit Dream Marches On or contact Griffith Waller.
The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau will host special Dream Marches On Guided Trolley Tours during the month of March. The tours will highlight all downtown attractions with an emphasis on civil rights history and feature a trip to the City of St. Jude along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. All tours are approximately one hour and will begin & end at the Montgomery Area Visitor Center.
Friday, 3/6 - 10am & 1pm
Saturday, 3/7 - 10am & 1pm & 3pm
Friday, 3/13 - 1pm & 3pm
Saturday, 3/21 - 10am & 1pm & 3pm
Tuesday, 3/24 - 1pm & 3pm
Thursday, 3/26 - 10am & 1pm
Friday, 3/27 - 10am & 1pm
Saturday, 3/28 - 10am & 1pm
Tickets are $20 per person; children under 5 are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the Montgomery Area Visitor Center located at 300 Water Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104. To make reservations, call 334-262-0013.
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