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Villanovans Join in Spring Break Civil Rights Pilgrimage Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Selma-to-Montgomery March


VILLANOVA, Pa. - A group of 12 Villanova University students will participate in a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, “Bloody Sunday,” and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by travelling to Alabama on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage during Spring Break February 28-March 7.

Joined by Irene King, director of Villanova’s Center for Service and Social Justice, Dr. Teresa Nance, Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, and History Professor Dr. Lawrence Little, the students will immerse themselves in activities and sites related to “Bloody Sunday,” the pivotal event in the history of the Civil Rights movement when protestors faced off with Alabama state troopers and local police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. In addition to walking the bridge, the group will talk with senior citizens who lived through the upheaval in 1965, and visit sites such as the Voting Rights Museum and Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma; The Civil Rights Institute; 16th Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; and the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, AL. They will also have the opportunity to attend performing arts events related to the 50th anniversary commemoration in Selma.

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