On Sunday (March 3); Alabama State University President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. will deliver the keynote address at the fifth annual “Courageous Free Thinkers Celebration” at Selma’s Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. The celebration honors the eight citizens of Selma/Dallas County who served as officers in the Dallas County Voters League, and who organized and led the voting rights movement in Selma during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Ross will speak during Ebenezer’s 9 a.m. church service as the assembled guests commemorate the 1965 ‘Bloody Sunday Voting Rights March’ in which hundreds of peaceful voting rights protesters were met with brutal and bloody force at the hands of Gov. George Wallace’s Alabama State Troopers as the marchers crossed Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.

ASU’s 15th President said it is an honor to him personally and as the University’s President to be invited to speak at such an historic civil rights commemoration.

“I am honored and awed to be able to speak at an event that is steeped in the rich and courageous history of Selma’s civil right movement, which is celebrated and acclaimed worldwide,” Ross said.

“It is humbling and inspirational to be the speaker at the service that celebrates the Courageous Free Thinkers because these eight brave citizens of Dallas County were the leaders of its Voters’ League that included Alabama State University alumnus F.D. Reese (ASU 1951), who was an icon of the civil rights movement and who was honored shortly before his recent death by the U.S. Congress for his bravery and leadership during those trying times in the 1960’s,” Ross said.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.


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