Local residents to attend Selma events this weekend

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Chilton County will be represented in Selma this weekend as a historical milestone is recognized.

Local evangelist Robert Binion will lead a convoy of county residents to Selma on Saturday for a weekend that will include visits from U.S. President Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush, and many other national and state leaders—as well as thousands of people marking the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma.

“Anybody that wants to go down is welcome,” Binion said.

The convoy, which is expected to include at least 25 people, will depart from the northernmost end of Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Clanton at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone interested in joining the group should call Binion at (205) 299-1873.

Binion said the Clanton Police Department would provide an escort to Selma.

Events scheduled for the weekend include the Foot Soldiers Breakfast, Jubilee Parade, Battle of Bands, Jubilee Street Music Festival, Turn Up Youth Summit, Fruits of the Labor Luncheon, Freedom Flame Awards Gala, CeCe Winans concert and a speech by Obama.

Binion said his agenda includes promoting the cause of black farmers who have a stake in a federal discrimination lawsuit.

Binion said he has purchased T-shirts that read: “Pay the Black Farmer Now: No Justice, No Peace.”

“We’re going to wear those and try to get in the presence of Mr. Obama, so that he can see that black farmers have not been paid,” Binion said. “We’re going to peacably protest about black farmers being denied justice and not being treated fairly.”