“Selma: 55 Years Later” will be a special community event to review and commemorate many aspects of the American Civil Rights Movement. The evening presentation and discussions will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6:00pm at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal Street in downtown Youngstown.
Joanne Bland, co-founder and former director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Selma, AL, will be the main presenter. After Selma, a documentary film about the Civil Rights Marches from Selma to Montgomery, Bloody Sunday, voting rights history, and voter repression will be the evening’s focus. Speakers and community discussion will follow.
Mahoning Valley Historical Society, together with Sojourn To The Past and the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, will present this evening of education and reflection. Additional partnership will be provided by Baptist Pastors Council of Youngstown; Community Mobilization Coalition; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Chapter; Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance; League of Women Voters; Links, Inc. Youngstown Chapter; Mahoning Valley Association of Churches; Nonviolence Week Committee; Unitarian Universalist Church; Youngstown Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; and Youngstown Warren Black Caucus.
This event is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided. Parking is available in the adjacent public lot on the west side of the building and nearby street parking. For more information, call 330-743-2589 or visit online at mahoninghistory.org/events.
Photo caption: Civil Rights Movement Co-Founder Dr. Ralph David Abernathy and his wife Mrs. Juanita Abernathy follow with Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King as the Abernathy children march on the front line, leading the SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH in 1965. The Children are Donzaleigh Abernathy in striped sweater, Ralph David Abernathy, 3rd and Juandalynn R. Abernathy in glasses. Name of the white Minister in the photo is unknown. Photo source is Abernathy Family Photos.