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Freedom Riders for Voting Rights end pilgrimage in Montgomery Wednesday

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Freedom Riders for Voting Rights will arrive in Montgomery tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1st, at the end of the two-day Never Forget, Never Again Pilgrimage for Voting Rights. Members of the National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section 5 are participating in this Pilgrimage and have scheduled a 4:00 p.m. news conference tomorrow on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to discuss the continuing struggle for voting rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments on February 27, 2013, in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, et al., an Alabama case that seeks to strike down Section 5, the heart of the Voting Rights Act. The Court's decision is expected in May or June.  Events have been taking place across Alabama and the nation as part of the fight to save Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, including the Never Forget, Never Again Pilgrimage.  As part of this Pilgrimage, buses of Freedom Riders are visiting ten murder sites related to voting rights in Mississippi and Alabama today and tomorrow, April 30th and May 11st.

The Pilgrimage began today in Jackson, MS at the spot where Medgar Evers was murdered, journeyed to Philadelphia, MS, where Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were murdered, and then stopped in Marion, AL, where Jimmie Lee Jackson was murdered.  Tomorrow, May 1st, Freedom Riders will begin in Selma where Reverend James Reeb was murdered, then travel to Lowndes County to where Viola Liuzzo and Jonathan Daniels were murdered, and then stop in Tuskegee where Sammy Younge was murdered before traveling to Montgomery where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his "How Long? Not Long!" speech at the conclusion of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March.  Their news conference will be held tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. on the same steps where Dr. King delivered his famous speech.

Member organizations of the National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section 5 include National SCLC (the Southern Christian Leadership Conference), SOS (Save Ourselves Summit), the National Voting Rights Museum, Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc., the Slavery and Civil War Museum, the National Policy Institute, Women of Will, the Alabama New South Coalition and the Alabama Democratic Conference.

For more information, contact:

Faya Rose Toure' at 334-526-4000 or 334-349-1912 or

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford at 334-720-0515 or 334-558-3907 or

Senator Hank Sanders at 334-782-1651 or

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