Alabama civil rights http://apr.org en Civil Rights Center To Stay At Alabama State Univ. http://apr.org/post/civil-rights-center-stay-alabama-state-univ <p></p><p>A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.</p><p>WAKA-TV reports that after some debate, the council voted not to reconsider the location. The station reports that the National Park Service selected ASU as the site of the center in 2011.</p><p>Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin has proposed a resolution to reconsider the current location at Alabama State, favoring a site along the Selma to Montgomery March route.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:55:24 +0000 The Associated Press 52413 at http://apr.org Civil Rights Center To Stay At Alabama State Univ. Searching For Addie Mae Collins http://apr.org/post/searching-addie-mae-collins <p>As Birmingham prepares to remember the four little girls killed nearly 50 years ago in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing one woman is searching for answers. Liesa Healy-Miller is a forensic genealogist who is making a final plea for clues to where the final resting place is of one of the victims, Addie Mae Collins.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:28:53 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 37878 at http://apr.org Searching For Addie Mae Collins Congressional Black Caucus Marks Bomb Anniversary http://apr.org/post/congressional-black-caucus-marks-bomb-anniversary <p></p><p>Members of Congress are honoring four black girls at the Alabama church where they died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing 50 years ago.</p><p>About a dozen members of Congress applauded families of the girls during a commemoration Friday at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.</p><p>Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia recalled crying at the sight of the church after the blast. The Alabama native was a civil rights organizer at the time.</p><p>A bomb detonated outside the church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing the children.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:07:58 +0000 The Associated Press 37877 at http://apr.org Congressional Black Caucus Marks Bomb Anniversary Service to Start Church Bombing Anniversary Events http://apr.org/post/service-start-church-bombing-anniversary-events <p>Birmingham is beginning five days of events linked to the 50th anniversary of the church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in a day of service on Wednesday in the city.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A memorial commemorating the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 also is planned in a downtown park, followed by musical acts and speakers.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The events are the first of days of activities leading up to the anniversary of the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church on Sunday.<br> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:14:32 +0000 The Associated Press 37664 at http://apr.org Service to Start Church Bombing Anniversary Events Birmingham To Mark Anniversary Of Church Bombing http://apr.org/post/birmingham-mark-anniversary-church-bombing <p></p><p></p><p>The city of Birmingham is planning five days of events with political leaders, artists and ordinary citizens to observe the 50th anniversary of a church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.</p><p>Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, director Spike Lee and actor Jamie Foxx are among those participating in what's being called "Empowerment Week."</p><p>Events begin Wednesday and continue through Sunday, the anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 20:09:35 +0000 The Associated Press 37501 at http://apr.org Birmingham To Mark Anniversary Of Church Bombing Commemorative Gas Light Recognizes Freedom Riders http://apr.org/post/commemorative-gas-light-recognizes-freedom-riders <p>Alagasco has unveiled the fourth of five gas lights commemorating the civil rights movement in Alabama.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A ceremony was held Thursday in Anniston for a gas light recognizing the Freedom Riders. They set out across the South in 1961 to test enforcement of federal rules banning segregation on interstate bus travel. But their Greyhound bus was burned in Anniston and they were attacked by a mob.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The light is located near the Freedom Riders mural in Anniston, and it is across the street from the original Greyhound bus station.<br> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:43:13 +0000 The Associated Press 36553 at http://apr.org Commemorative Gas Light Recognizes Freedom Riders How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing http://apr.org/post/how-media-covered-civil-rights-movement-16th-street-baptist-church-bombing <p>September 15th, 1963 started off just like any other Sunday for Barbara Cross with morning Sunday school class down in the basement of 16th Street Baptist Church.</p><p>“Our Sunday school lesson that day was “A Love That Forgives” I’ll never forget that as long as I live,” says Cross. “In my class particular we discussed the scripture from Matthew the fifth chapter talking about&nbsp;agape love the godly type of love and agape is&nbsp;the Greek word for godly love.”</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:58:31 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 36454 at http://apr.org How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Civil Rights Attorney Arthur Shores: The Gentle Giant Of Dynamite Hill http://apr.org/post/civil-rights-attorney-arthur-shores-gentle-giant-dynamite-hill <P>Events like the Children's March and the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door&nbsp;in 1963 brought the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham to the forefront of the nation's attention, but long before that hard battles were being fought to beat back Jim Crow. Attorney Arthur Shores was one of these civil rights leaders and he resided in a neighborhood that became known as Dynamite Hill. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 02:57:40 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 33970 at http://apr.org Civil Rights Attorney Arthur Shores: The Gentle Giant Of Dynamite Hill Lawmakers' Visit Marks Segregated Past at Alabama http://apr.org/post/lawmakers-visit-marks-segregated-past-alabama <P>Members of Congress are visiting the University of Alabama to see the place where former Gov. George C. Wallace made his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration 50 years ago.</P> <DIV> <P>The leaders will be in Tuscaloosa on Friday for commemoration program.</P> <P>The event will held at the auditorium where Wallace tried to block the enrollment of black students at Alabama in 1963.</P> <P>Among those greeting the delegation will be a daughter of Wallace, Peggy Wallace Kennedy.</P> <P>The program is part of the 13th annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:28:00 +0000 The Associated Press 25886 at http://apr.org Lawmakers' Visit Marks Segregated Past at Alabama Resolution Seeks Parks' Monument At Ala. Capitol http://apr.org/post/resolution-seeks-parks-monument-ala-capitol <P>One day after a monument to civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, a resolution was introduced in the Alabama House for a similar monument to be placed at the state Capitol in Montgomery.</P> <P>The resolution was introduced Thursday by Democratic Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:39:56 +0000 The Associated Press 25851 at http://apr.org Resolution Seeks Parks' Monument At Ala. Capitol Discussing Harvey Milk With "An Archive of Hope" Editor Jason Black http://apr.org/post/discussing-harvey-milk-archive-hope-editor-jason-black <P>Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay public officials in the United States. His story and tragic death have made him a civil rights icon in the GLBTQ movement.</P> <P>Up until recently most of Milk's own words weren't widely known with only four of his speeches having been published; at least until now. Jason Black is an associate professor in Communication Studies at the University of Alabama. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:02:31 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 24841 at http://apr.org Discussing Harvey Milk With "An Archive of Hope" Editor Jason Black Montgomery Observes Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday http://apr.org/post/montgomery-observes-rosa-parks-100th-birthday <p>Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.</p><p>A 96-foot by 40-foot wall is covered in chalkboard paint and has space for people to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to..."</p><p>Montgomery's director of development, Chad Emerson, told the Montgomery Advertiser that citizens came up with the idea and volunteers did the work.</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 15:12:49 +0000 The Associated Press 24263 at http://apr.org Montgomery Observes Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday Recognition Sought For Church Bombing Victims http://apr.org/post/recognition-sought-church-bombing-victims <P>Nearly 50 years ago, white supremacists planted a bomb in a Birmingham, Ala., church that killed four young girls preparing to worship. It was an act of terror that shocked the country and propelled the Congress to pass that historic 1964 Civil Rights Act. Lawmakers now want to honor those victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow.</P> <P>Democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Republican Rep. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:37:59 +0000 The Associated Press 23560 at http://apr.org Recognition Sought For Church Bombing Victims International Film Conference Addresses Global Human Rights Issues http://apr.org/post/international-film-conference-addresses-global-human-rights-issues <p>Starting today, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is hosting an international film conference. The event will host more than 60 filmmakers and scholars from around the world to talk about how filmmaking plays into the international struggle for civil and human rights. I sat down to talk with Doctor Serge Bokobza, who chairs the foreign languages department at UAB and heads up the conference. He says his year’s event is homage to the 49th Anniversary of the 16<sup>th</sup> Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:45:15 +0000 Maggie Martin 20039 at http://apr.org International Film Conference Addresses Global Human Rights Issues Ala Historian to Address Hate Crimes Symposium http://apr.org/post/ala-historian-address-hate-crimes-symposium <DIV> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12px" id=_oneup>The U.S. attorney's office in Birmingham is sponsoring a daylong meeting on civil rights and hate crimes.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12px" id=_oneup>The symposium being held Thursday will focus on legal protections that are available as the nation nears the 50th anniversary of events that made the city a national landmark for civil rights in 1963. Those include demonstrations led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:01:18 +0000 The Associated Press 17792 at http://apr.org Ala Historian to Address Hate Crimes Symposium