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A Taste of Selma, Alabama

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT SELMA?

  1. Selma is a city in and the county seat of Dallas County, Alabama, United States, located on the banks of the Alabama River. The population was 20,512 at the 2000 census. The city is best known for the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement and its Selma to Montgomery marches, three civil rights marches that began in the city.

  2. Civil rights movement:   Before the Freedom Movement, all public facilities were strictly segregated. Blacks who attempted to eat at "white-only" lunch counters or sit in the downstairs "white" section of the movie theater were beaten and arrested. More than half of the city's residents were black, but only one percent were registered to vote. Blacks were prevented from registering to vote by economic retaliation organized by the White Citizens' Council, Ku Klux Klan violence, police repression, and the literacy test. To discourage voter registration, the registration board only opened doors for registration two days a month, arrived late, and took long lunches.

  3. On March 7, 1965, known as "Bloody Sunday", approximately 600 civil rights marchers departed Selma on U.S. Highway 80, heading east. They reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge, only six blocks away, before being met by state troopers and local sheriff's deputies, who attacked them, using tear gas and billy clubs, and drove them back to Selma. Two days after the march, on March 9, 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a "symbolic" march to the bridge. He and other civil rights leaders attempted to get court protection of a third, larger-scale march from Selma to Montgomery, the site of the state capital. Frank Minis Johnson, Jr., the Federal District Court Judge for the area, decided in favor of the demonstrators, saying:

  4. On March 21, 1965, a Sunday, approximately 3,200 marchers departed for Montgomery. They walked 12 miles per day, and slept in nearby fields. By the time they reached the capitol, four days later on March 25, their strength had swelled to around 25,000 people.

  5. Economy:   Industries in Selma include International Paper, Bush Hog, Meadowcraft, American apperal and Peerless Pump Company (LaBour).

  6. The median income for a household in the city was $21,261, and the median income for a family was $28,345. Males had a median income of $29,769 versus $18,129 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,369. About 26.9% of families and 31.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.8% of those under age 18 and 28.0% of those age 65 or over.

Radio Stations
WRNF 89.5 FM Selma, AL Religious
WVAS 90.7 FM Montgomery, AL Alabama State University Jazz
W242BW (WJAM) 96.3 FM Selma, AL Urban Contemporary
WKXK 96.7 FM Pine Hill, AL Urban Contemporary
WHHY 101.9 FM Montgomery, AL Top-40
WBFZ 105.3 FM Selma, AL Hip Hop
WTXK 1210 AM Pike Road, AL Sports
WJAM 1340 AM Selma, AL Urban Contemporary
WIQR 1410 AM Prattville, AL Sports
WHBB 1490 AM Selma, AL Talk

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Demographics of Selma, Alabama

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

28.77%

69.68%

0.10%

0.56%

0.22%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Businesses in Selma, Alabama


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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Anointed Styles -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  2016 1st Avenue Selma, AL 36703 (334) 877-9927

  2. JC Penney - Selma Mall -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  1391 E Highland Ave Ste 101 Selma, AL (334) 874-6264

  3. Lashaun Beauty Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  22 Satterfield Street Selma, AL 36701 (334) 875-4495

  4. Motown Beauty -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  1401 Lauderdale Street Selma, AL 36701 (334) 875-9220

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society -  Category: Black/African American Genealogy -   PO Box 971 Selma, AL 36702-0971  - (visit website)

  2. George C Wallace State Community College -  Category: Historically Black College -   3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway Selma, AL 36703-2808 (334) 876-9227 - (visit website)

  3. Hobbs & Hains PC -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   P O Box 1190 Selma, AL 36702-1190 (334) 874-6683

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Lannie's Bar-B-Q Spot -  Category: Bar-B-Q -   2115 Minter Avenue, Selma, AL 36703-3062 (334) 874-4478

  2. Restaurant-Grumbles Alley -  Category: Southern/Soul -  1300 Water Ave, Selma, AL 36703 (334) 872-2006

  3. Richard's Cafe -  Category: Southern/Soul, American and Buffet -   118 Washington Street, Selma, AL 36703 (334) 872-8283

  4. Strongs No 2 Real Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   118 Washington Street, Selma, AL 36703 (334) 875-8800

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


A brief documentary of McRae-Gaines Learning Center in Selma, Alabama, which provides child care, pre-school and primary grade education for children between 18 months and 7nyears of age.

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Vice President Joe Biden to Attend Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Alabama


Selma, Alabama-Vice President Joe Biden will take part in the 2013 Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Alabama. According to his office, he will “celebrate the area’s historic role in the civil rights movement.” While in Selma, the Vice President will participate in the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Unity Brunch beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Wallace Community College and in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

The Bridge Crossing Jubilee commemorates Bloody Sunday, the day that Alabama State Troopers attacked peaceful marchers for the right to vote on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and celebrates the Voting Rights Movement, the Selma to Montgomery March and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It is the largest annual civil rights event and offers nearly 50 events beginning on February 28 through March 8. All but a few of the events are free. The Jubilee is co-sponsored by the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc., the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, the City of Selma, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Wallace Community College, and the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement.

The Jubilee’s stellar event, the Freedom Flame Awards Banquet will be held at the Selma Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. The 2013 honorees include area foot soldiers James and Nell Avery and Cleophus Orange. We will also recognize nationally known Nikhil Goyal, Drs. Haki R. Madhubuti and Carol D. Lee, Joe Madison and Susan Taylor, and Marian Wright Edelman.

This year’s Jubilee is particularly significant as just three days after President Barack Obama’s historic re-election, the United States Supreme Court announced it would hear a constitutional challenge to the core provision of the Voting Rights Act, Section 5. The case arose in Shelby County, Alabama when an African American finally won an elected position. The County redrew the district lines to prevent him from being reelected, culminating in no Black elected officials, until the Justice Department stepped in and enforced Section 5’s preclearance requirement, and ordered Shelby County to both redraw fair electoral boundaries and hold a new election. What happened in Shelby County can happen anywhere if Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is overturned. The court will hear the case on February 27, one day before the start of the Jubilee.

Freedom Riders for Voting Rights will caravan from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on February 27 and stop in major cities to hold press conferences and rallies in Richmond, Charlotte, Atlanta and Birmingham. They will join the march across the Edmund Pettus Bride led by Vice President Biden, Congressman John Lewis and foot soldiers of the Voting Rights Movement, and they will kick-off the Selma to Montgomery March, immediately after the post-march rally, with national civil rights leaders. The Selma to Montgomery march will culminate with a rally at the Alabama State Capitol on March 8 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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CHURCHES



  1. Brown Chapel AME Church -  410 Martin Luther King Street, Selma, AL 36703-3141 (334) 874-7897  - (visit website)

  2. Gospel Tabernacle Church-God -  1530 Lawrence Street, Selma, AL 36703-3610 (334) 872-0888

  3. Tabernacle of Praise Church -  850 Woodrow Avenue, Selma, AL 36702 (334) 875-8630 - (visit website)

  4. Ward Chapel Ame Church -  811 Philpot Avenue, Selma, AL 36701-5250 (334) 526-4002

  5. Wayman Chapel AME Church -  9089 County Road 37, Selma, AL 36701 (334) 418-4732

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ENTERTAINMENT



  1. Blues 24/7 Selma -  Category: Entertainment -   102 Washington Street Selma, AL 36701 - (visit website)

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ANNUAL EVENTS



  1. Annual Black Belt African American Genealogy Conference and Family History Fair
    (February )   Historic Selma, Alabama   - (visit website)

    Workshops and seminars and speakers on a wide range of topics of interest to our membership and to the general public.


  2. Kenan's Mill Fall Festival (November)   More info contact (334) 875-2600

    Live music, food and mill tours.


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