Martin Luther King Jr. http://apr.org en Ala. Group Looks to Turn Jail Cell Into Exhibit http://apr.org/post/ala-group-looks-turn-jail-cell-exhibit <p>A nonprofit group is looking to raise money to turn a Bessemer jail cell that held Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists into a tourist attraction.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; WBRC-TV (http://bit.ly/1cHG5LK) reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's office found the original doors to the cell that held King for a night before he was sent to the Birmingham jail for disturbing the peace. Authorities say they still have the docket book with King's name in it and his booking card.<br> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:36:18 +0000 The Associated Press 37302 at http://apr.org Ala. Group Looks to Turn Jail Cell Into Exhibit Montgomery Church Joins MLK Speech Celebration http://apr.org/post/montgomery-church-joins-mlk-speech-celebration <p>The Montgomery church where Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor will join other many other locations in ringing bells at the moment when King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery will ring bells at 2 p.m. CDT Wednesday as part of the Let Freedom Ring Celebration commemorating King's speech in Washington in 1963. King served as pastor of the church from 1954 to 1960. His leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 made him a national figure in the civil rights movement.<br> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:39:05 +0000 The Associated Press 36823 at http://apr.org Montgomery Church Joins MLK Speech Celebration Marker to Honor King's Birmingham Jail Letter http://apr.org/post/marker-honor-kings-birmingham-jail-letter <p>Alabama's governor plans to join Birmingham officials to unveil a marker commemorating where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail."</p><p>King's youngest daughter, Bernice King, is scheduled to speak at the ceremony at noon Tuesday next to the site of the old city jail.</p><p>April 16 marks the 50th anniversary of King writing the letter while jailed for his role in civil rights demonstrations. He wrote the letter after some white Alabama clergy suggested he find ways other than demonstrations to seek racial equality.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:44:39 +0000 The Associated Press 28631 at http://apr.org Marker to Honor King's Birmingham Jail Letter 50 Years Since King’s Letter Recalls Spring Hill as Civil Rights Leader http://apr.org/post/50-years-king-s-letter-recalls-spring-hill-civil-rights-leader <P>2013 marks the 50th anniversary of many key moments in the civil rights movement. It was on April 16th, 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” King wrote the letter after being arrested for violating a court order banning civil rights demonstrations. In his letter, King cited Spring Hill College in Mobile for its leadership in the civil rights movement. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:30:59 +0000 Maggie Martin 28180 at http://apr.org 50 Years Since King’s Letter Recalls Spring Hill as Civil Rights Leader Crowd Gathers At Ala. Capitol For King Day Rally http://apr.org/post/crowd-gathers-ala-capitol-king-day-rally <p>More than 500 people attended a rally on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.</p><p>King Day fell on the same day that President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as the nation's first black president.</p><p>Speakers Monday included Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who called the King Day celebration "a great day for America."</p><p>Earlier Monday, Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Steele told a Unity Breakfast in Birmingham that there was still much work to be done to fulfill King's dream.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:51:25 +0000 The Associated Press 23505 at http://apr.org Crowd Gathers At Ala. Capitol For King Day Rally