WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) will participate in a program in Alabama this Friday through Sunday commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. This is an annual program hosted by Congressman John Lewis (GA-05), who led the historic march on March 7, 1965, as the head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • Visits to various churches, including the 16th Street Baptist Church and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., planned the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery
  • Visit to the Alabama State Capitol Building, where Governor George Wallace declared he would uphold segregation laws, and on whose steps the Voting Rights March culminated
  • Tour of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Visits to various museums including the Rosa Parks Museum and the Voting Rights Museum
  • Sunday worship at Brown Chapel
  • Re-enactment of 1965 March Across Edmund Pettus Bridge

WHO: Congressman John Lewis

Congressman Jim Himes

Other Members of Congress

Board Members from the Faith & Politics Institute

Other distinguished guests

WHAT: Program commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March

WHEN: Friday–Sunday, March 2-4, 2012

WHERE: Selma and Montgomery, Alabama