Edmund Pettus Bridge http://apr.org en Civil Rights Tourism: An Introduction http://apr.org/post/civil-rights-tourism-introduction <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span>There are many reasons people visit Alabama, to see sporting events, the space connection in Huntsville or the beaches along the gulf coast. However, civil rights tourism is often overlooked by the masses. This dark time in the state’s history is drawing visitors from all over.</p><p>Visitors like Betty and Phil Histon from Corvallis Oregon. They’re in Alabama, like many tourists, to try the local barbecue and the see the sites. When we met them they were in the Civil Rights Interpretive Center is Selma…</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:48:36 +0000 Stan Ingold 27635 at http://apr.org Civil Rights Tourism: An Introduction Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation http://apr.org/post/biden-says-selma-beatings-shaped-him-nation <P>Vice President Joe Biden said nothing shaped his consciousness more than seeing TV footage of voting rights marchers being beaten by state troopers on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.</P> <P>Biden traveled to Selma on Sunday to participate in the Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the 1965 march, which prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act and add millions of African-Americans to Southern voter rolls.</P> <P>Biden said the beatings became a moment of clarity for the nation and made people realize the right to vote was not settled. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:14:06 +0000 The Associated Press 26000 at http://apr.org Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation Vice President to Visit Selma Next Weekend http://apr.org/post/vice-president-visit-selma-next-weekend <p>Organizers of Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee say Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will participate in the events.</p><div><p>Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma said Saturday the Bidens will attend a unity brunch and participate in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 3. Sanders said the Bidens will help observe Selma's historic role in the civil rights movement. The Bridge Crossing Jubilee celebrates the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:26:49 +0000 The Associated Press 25534 at http://apr.org Vice President to Visit Selma Next Weekend