‘Selma to Montgomery’ style Texas march to take place starting in Georgetown

Join Beto O'Rourke, Reverend William Barber and Powered by People
'Selma to Montgomery' march

‘Selma to Montgomery’ style Texas march to take place starting in Georgetown with Beto O’Rourke and Reverend William Barber.

Beto O'Rourke listens to a volunteer before a Texas Organizing Project neighborhood walk in West Dallas Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The former congressman and senatorial candidate is driving an effort to gather voter support to stop Texas' SB7 voting legislation. As politicians from Austin to Washington battle over how to run elections, many voters are disconnected from the fight. While both sides have a passionate base of voters intensely dialed in on the issue, a disengaged middle is baffled at the attention.

AUSTIN, Texas — Beto O’Rourke and his voter outreach organization Powered by People will partner with Reverend William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign to host a “Selma to Montgomery” style Texas march. The march will start in Georgetown on Wednesday and end at the Texas Capitol in Austin on Saturday. It will take place as state Democratic lawmakers continue their fight for voting rights in Washington, DC. The purpose of the march is to demand federal voting rights protections for voters in Texas and across the country.

In 1965, civil rights leaders led the famed Selma to Montgomery march to argue voter suppression in the South. They aimed to push Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation, which was successful. The march resulted in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Fifty-six years later, America currently finds itself at a crossroads, once again. Many Supreme Court rulings have withdrawn the Voting Rights Act. This gives state legislatures across the U.S. a way to create barriers to the ballot box. Due to these changes, another landmark federal voting rights bill may be necessary to protect every Texan and American’s right to vote.

You are invited to join Reverend William Barber, Beto O’Rourke, members of the clergy, activists and Texans from across the state on Wednesday’s march in Georgetown, where Texans successfully began to fight back against the KKK in 1923.