Jo Ann Bland speaks at Tyler History Center

Jo Ann Bland was eleven years old when she participated in the March on “Bloody Sunday”. She was arrested for the first time at age eight when she participated in a demonstration in Selma.

She is the guide for Sojourn students when they walk across the Edmond Pettus Bridge.
On February sixth Jo Ann spoke at the Tyler Historical Center in Youngstown to share her experiences.
Shown below, Jo Ann Bland and Miah Pierce introducing Jo Ann.

Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past sponsoring a mural in Selma

Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past is sponsoring a mural in Selma a block from the Edmond Pettus Bridge. The dedication of the mural is March 14, 2020.  Penny Wells is taking four Sojourn students to the dedication. The mural is eight panels in impressionism art showing people or events in the Civil Rights history of Selma. This project has been three years in the making.

Documentary Showing Tyler Historical Center 2/6/20

Sojourn is sponsoring the showing of the documentary, “After Selma” at the Tyler History Center at 6:00 PM February 6, 2020.
The documentary highlights the loss of voting rights in recent years. Jo Ann Bland, who is featured in the movie and was 11 at the time of “Bloody Sunday”, will be here to speak afterwards.

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