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25 Feb 2015

Raycom Media Stations to Air Selma Anniversary Special

Fifty years after central Alabama took center stage in the battle for equal voting rights, Montgomery based Raycom Media honors the Selma Voting Rights Movement with a one-hour documentary. “SELMA: A March to Remember” focuses on the personal accounts of people who were there. Leaders, participants and witnesses recount their experiences, in their own words and talk about the challenges that still persist. “SELMA: A March to Remember” will air on 42 Raycom Media owned or managed stations starting Friday, February 27th. Bounce TV will air the special Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT.

Bounce TV is the first African American broadcast network, featuring a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-network series, original programming and more. Bounce TV’s founders include Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young. Bounce TV is currently seen in 90 markets, including all of the top African-American television markets, 90% of African-American television homes and 74% of the total television homes in the United States.

“As the nation’s first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans, we are indebted to everyone who helped drive the Civil Rights movement forward through participating in such important events as marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that day.” commented Bounce TV President Ryan Glover. “We are proud to partner with Raycom Media to bring this important special to viewers across the country.”

“As an Alabama based company, we are proud to be able to document the stories and history of our state, especially an event of this magnitude that has helped change our nation.” said Paul McTear, President and CEO of Raycom Media.

The Raycom Media special, “SELMA: A March to Remember,” includes personal recollections from Ambassador Andrew Young who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement and U.S. Representative John Lewis who was one of the leaders of the group Students for Non-violent Coordinating Committee which was instrumental in organizing early demonstrations and voter registration efforts. “I was hit in the head by a state trooper with a nightstick,” Lewis remembered, “I thought I saw death.”