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Bland Edmund Pettus Bridge Jazmine Lenay Photo

Virtual Livestream

History Speaks 2021 will be a virtual, online event. Visit now for a special message from Assistant Dean of Students Gary Jones and tune in Sunday, February 21 at 6 p.m. to hear from JoAnne Bland.

JoAnne Bland at the age of 11 was one of the youngest participants in Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965. Raised in segregated Selma, Alabama, she was already an experienced civil rights activist who had been arrested a documented 13 times by the age of 11. On March 21, 1965 she marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery; a pivotal march in securing the Voting Rights Act which was signed five months later. Co-founder and former director of the National Voting Rights Museum, Bland now leads civil rights tours in Selma to educate and inspire others.

Photo by Jazmine Powers.