SOS will be attending the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee in 2015
for the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March.
Youth and teachers played a significant role in the Selma Movement 50 years ago:
“What impressed me most about the day that the teachers marched was just the idea of them being there. Prior to their marching, I used to have to go to school and it was like a report, you know. They were just as afraid as my parents were, because they could lose their jobs. It was amazing to see how many teachers participated. They follow[ed] us that day. It was just a thrill.” – Sheyann Webb
Last year SOSers joined the masses of people who assembled in the Selma, Alabama on March 6th-8th. Among the many highlights that came with participating in such an event were the inspiring speeches offered by Rev. William J. Barber II. Many may know the work of Rev. Barber through his courageous work in the Moral Mondays movement out of North Carolina. His words reminded us that the difficulties faced by our public schools are merely a side effect to a massive moral problem: the privatization of public goods and institutions.
SOS took part in the education forum, The Road to Advocacy, Activism, and Transformation in our Public Schools: Education is a Civil Right, and Equity in our Public Schools is still the Prize, and we had the pleasure of speaking with and learning from many people during the weekend. Of course, the march across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge was an invigorating reminder of what is truly possible when human kind set to walking the path to justice.
This historic three day event commemorates the Selma to Montgomery marches, also known as Bloody Sunday and the two marches that followed, were marches and protests held in 1965 that marked the political and emotional peak of the American civil rights movement. All three were attempts to march from Selma to Montgomery where the Alabama capitol is located. The marches grew out of the voting rights movement in Selma, launched by the grassroots movement and local African-Americans who formed the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL). In 1963, the DCVL and organizers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began voter-registration work. When white resistance to black voter registration proved intractable, the DCVL requested the assistance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who brought many prominent civil rights and civic leaders to support voting rights.