Freedom Riders for Voting Rights Caravan to rally in Selma and Montgomery in march | Events
“We must save the Voting Rights Act,” said National SCLC CEO Charles Steele, Jr. “If we don’t save Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, we can lose all that we have gained, including the right to vote. That’s why we are having the Freedom Riders for Voting Rights Caravan.”
The Freedom Riders for Voting Rights Caravan will leave Washington D.C. on February 27th after a rally and press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court hears oral arguments that day on whether to strike down Section 5, the heart of the Voting Rights Act.
The Caravan will stop for a press conference and rally in each of the following cities: Richmond, VA on Wednesday February 27th at 4:00 p.m.; Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday; February 28th at 10:00 a.m.; Greenville, S.C. on Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m.; and Atlanta, GA on Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. There will also be separate post-Caravan press conferences and rallies in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma – all on Friday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. More information will be provided, including the specific locations for each of the press conferences and rallies.
Senator Hank Sanders of Selma said, “The Freedom Riders for Voting Rights Caravan is a key part of a six-phase movement to save Section 5, the heart of the Voting Rights Act. We are demonstrating the critical need to save the Voting Rights Act. If we don’t save Section 5, our children’s children will still be fighting for the right to vote.”
Three buses carrying some 150 Freedom Riders For Voting Rights will participate in the Caravan. Press conferences will be held before the buses leave Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham on Tuesday, February 26th as well as when each of the buses return.
The Freedom Riders for Voting Rights Caravan is sponsored by SCLC; SOS (Save Ourselves Summit); Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc.; and other organizations.