In 1993, the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute had the first Bridge Crossing Jubliee in conjunction with 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, Wallace Community College, the first City of Selma, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This annual event is held the first full weekend of every March to commemorate “Bloody Sunday“, and celebrate the Voting Rights Movement, the March from Selma-to-Montgomery, and the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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Alabama police chief apologizes to Freedom Rider congressman
3/4/13 By Craig Giammona, NBC News
An Alabama police chief brought Rep. John Lewis to tears Saturday, apologizing to the noted civil rights leader for failing to protect the Freedom Riders during a trip to Montgomery in 1961.
Lewis and fellow civil rights activists were beaten by a mob after arriving at Montgomery’s Greyhound station in May 1961.
On Saturday at ceremony at First Baptist Church, the city’s current police chief, Kevin Murphy, apologized to Lewis and offered him his badge in a gesture of reconciliation, telling the longtime Georgia congressman that Montgomery police had “enforced unjust laws” in failing to protect the Freedom Riders more than five decades ago.
Lewis, who was arrested during civil rights protests in cities across the south, said it was the first time a police chief had apologized to him.
“It means a great deal,” Lewis said. “I teared up. I tried to keep from crying.”
Lewis and other members of Congress were taking part in the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama, a three-day event that also included trips to Selma, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.
Murphy said the decision to apologize was easy.
“For me, freedom and the right to live in peace is a cornerstone of our society and that was something that Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Congressman Lewis were trying to achieve” Murphy said. “I think what I did today should have been done a longtime ago. It needed to be done. It needed to be spoken because we have to live with the truth and it is the truth.”
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Published on Mar 3, 2013
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Vice President Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden participate in the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Selma, Alabama