Big has proudly aligned with Google since they announced in 2015 that they would build a Data Center in Jackson County.
Since that time, our public relations team has worked with Google to bring awareness to their ongoing support of Alabama through programs, grant investments and support of entrepreneurs and small business. But their announcement today of Google Cloud’s sponsorship of the 56th Anniversary of the iconic Selma-to-Montgomery March* is truly an activation to celebrate.
Google is providing in-kind technical support for a unique virtual march scheduled to begin today, March 5, and extend through Sunday, March 7. Their activation allows a virtual component to be added to the march agenda through which individuals can experience the 54-mile virtual trail from Selma to Montgomery, earning badges as they reach each historic landmark. The company is also providing an immersive virtual experience using Google Earth, including archival photos, first-hand oral histories, and video excerpts to create an authentic journey through the Selma Voting Rights Movement over time.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Google and march organizers through this unique and historic activation for a pivotal moment in our state’s history—and our nation’s history.
* The Selma-to-Montgomery March is an annual commemorative march across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, drawing luminaries from both sides of the political aisle, including current and past presidents, civil rights leaders like the late Congressman John Lewis, and other dignitaries from around the world.