Friday, August 28, 2015

In the Spotlight

Montgomery Public Schools’ Activities to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery  Voting Rights March Activities

Click here for 50th Anniversary Photo Gallery

 Jan. 13-Martys of the Movement

MPS students from Floyd Middle Magnet, McKee Middle, Georgia Washington and Booker T. Washington Magnet High will participate in the National Park Service’s 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Lecture Series, “Martyrs of the March” at the Civil Rights Memorial, 400 Washington Avenue. The students will read the biographies of the Jonathan Daniels, James Reeb, Viola Liuzzo and Jimmie Lee Jackson, four civil rights workers who were murdered in Selma for registering black people to vote.

Feb. 16- Dream Marches On Youth Day of Service @ 9 a.m. at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl.

MPS high school students will join students across the city to work on beautification projects along the Montgomery portion of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail and the surrounding neighborhoods.

March 4&5- World Renowned Imani Winds To Perform at Three MPS Schools

Imani Winds will conduct a master class with 40 woodwind band students at Baldwin Middle School from 9- 10 a.m. This session will give students an opportunity to receive intense instruction with the Grammy-nominated group and explore various musical styles. In addition, students will learn about the life and career of a professional musician and the preparation that is needed to pursue music as a career. Imani Winds will also present “Music Around the World” at Flowers Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. The presentation will feature original and arranged compositions that show off each wind instrument. The music will take students on a journey around the world and will include various genres and lots of audience participation.

March 5- Imani Winds will perform during a school wide assembly for the student body at McKee Middle School at 9 a.m. During this event, the group will explore the power of music and how it was used during social movements like the civil rights movement. Students will explore spirituals and other genres of music that are prevalent around the world.


I Am More Than will present the Hoops and Dreams Unity Game featuring legendary Globetrotters Larry "Gator" Rivers and Friends at Carver High School. Celebrity basketball game reflecting on sports in the movement. Game begins at 6 pm. Admission is $8 for adults $3 for students.

March 6- City of Montgomery’s Public Art Commission’s Mural and Sculptures Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

MPS student artists from Baldwin Middle, BTW Magnet, Bellingrath Middle, Brew Tech Magnet, Dunbar Ramer, Carr Middle, LAMP, McKee Middle, MTEC and Park Crossing helped to create art pieces that were included as part of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Trail. Those student’s works will be officially unveiled at the following times:

2:00 p.m. - Mural Dedication, Corner of Lee & Montgomery Streets

2:30 p.m. - Sculpture Dedication, Corner of Montgomery & Mobile Streets (Cottage Hill)

3:00 - Sculpture Dedication, City of St. Jude, 2048 W. Fairview Avenue

March 9- MPS “The Dream Marches on Unity Quilts Exhibit at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Students from 51 MPS schools have decorated fabric squares that were sewn into a unity quilt that will be given as a gift to the citizens of Montgomery County and the City of Montgomery. The quilt will serve as a lasting tribute and embodies the 50th anniversary theme “The Dream Marches On.” The quilts will be part of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts' commemoration event “History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context.” The quilts will be among a selection of works with content related to the events and social history of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama and the broader U.S. by Alabama artists. The quilts will be displayed at the museum through April 17.

March 18- Celebrate the Dream@ Southlawn Middle School, 9 a.m.

Students at Southlawn Midddle will present the arts showcase "Celebrate the Dream" at 9 a.m. Each grade level will perform for the student body various dramatic readings, dance, vocal and instrumental selections and create artwork that emboidies the 50th anniversary theme " The Dream Marches On." 

March 23- The Dream Marches On Quilt Presentation to the City and County

MPS will officially present “The Dream Marches On Unity Quilts” to City and County at 10 a.m. at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

March 23-27- The Dream Marches On Educational Tour

The City of Montgomery is sponsoring a tour of historic civil rights sites in Tuskegee, Selma and Montgomery for about 200 public and private school students. Stops will include the Tuskegee Airman Museum, Booker T. Washington’s home, Edmund Pettus Bridge, and various civil rights sites in Montgomery including the City of St. Jude. The tour will help students learn and experience the events surrounding the Voting Rights March. Members of the community who helped organize or who participated in the march, as well as local college historians will serve as guest lecturers during the bus trips and will describe events as they happened in 1965. Students will also participate in the re-enactment of the last leg of the March on March 25 starting from the grounds of the City of St. Jude and ending at the steps of the State Capitol. This tour is being offered at no cost to students. Lunch and a tour T-shirt will be provided.

March 24- The City of St. Jude's "Celebration of the Stars for Freedom Rally" @ 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stars such as Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Peter Paul and Mary, and more came to the orginal rally.This year – student marchers will participate.
Guest speakers include The Mayor, Probate Judge Stephen reed, Toia Jones, and Archibishop Thomas Rodi

March 25 March Re-enactment @10am to 3pm 

There will be a a reenactment of the last leg of the Selma to Montgomery March. The march will start at 10am. They are expected to arrive at 1pm for an event to start at the State Capitol.This is the official route.