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‘Selma: 55 Years Later’ event to commemorate civil rights movement on Feb. 6

Joanne Bland, co-founder and former director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Selma, Ala., will be the main presenter.
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Civil rights movement co-founder Ralph David Abernathy, his wife, Juanita Abernathy, and their children follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the front line of the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. The children are, from left, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Ralph David Abernathy Jr. and Juandalynn R. Abernathy. (Photo courtesy of Abernathy family photos)

YOUNGSTOWN — Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., will host “Selma: 55 Years Later,” a community event to review and commemorate many aspects of the American civil rights movement, at 6 p.m. Feb. 6.

Joanne Bland, co-founder and former director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Selma, Ala., will be the main presenter. “After Selma,” a documentary 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.  

The evening of education and reflection will be presented by Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Sojourn to the Past and the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee. 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.

The 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 go to mahoninghistory.org/events.