The 49th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in March 2014 commemorates “Bloody Sunday” in Selma and will kick-off a yearlong voter registration and awareness campaign, “50 Cities/ 50 Cars/ 50 Voters At A Time.” The campaign will educate citizens about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, effectively allowing certain states and voting districts under federal supervision to change their election laws without advance federal approval. The campaign goal is to successfully register at least one million new voters by the 50th Anniversary of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in March 2015 and of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The world-changing events in Selma 1965 raised the consciousness of the world and galvanized courageous citizens of all faiths and racial backgrounds to risk their lives for the sake of true democracy. Those who died and those who survived stood their ground to win the right to vote freely for every U.S. citizen. The best way to honor them on the 50th Anniversary of their sacrifice is to regain the ground they won for us.