civil rights en Longtime Ala. Lawmaker, Civil Rights Leader Dies <p></p><p>Demetrius Newton, a civil rights attorney who represented icons like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. before becoming the first black person to serve as speaker pro tem of the Alabama House, has died. He was 85.</p><p>Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, a longtime friend of Newton, says he was notified by the lawmaker's family that Newton died Wednesday morning.</p><p>Newton was former city attorney for Birmingham and had served in the Legislature since 1986.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:39:57 +0000 The Associated Press 37704 at Longtime Ala. Lawmaker, Civil Rights Leader Dies Alabama State To host Voting Rights Center <p></p><p></p><p>The board of the Alabama Public Historical Sites and Parks Improvement Corporation has authorized $1.2 million in bond money for a landmark voting rights center in the capitol city.</p><p>A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail, officials said Tuesday.</p><p>Finance Director Marquita Davis told Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard the center had been funded in 2001, but the project didn't get off the ground.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 00:22:08 +0000 The Associated Press 30849 at Alabama State To host Voting Rights Center Civil Rights Tourism: Montgomery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of a number of key moments in the fight for civil rights. Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold recently began a trek to several spots around the state that are linked to the civil rights struggle. Visitors from around the world are coming to these sites as tourists. Stan recently took us to Selma and this time we look at Montgomery where to voting rights march took place.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:16:51 +0000 Stan Ingold 29120 at Civil Rights Tourism: Montgomery Civil Rights Tourism: An 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 Civil Rights Tourism: An Introduction Researchers Report Sharp Rise In 'Patriot' Groups <P>A civil rights group that tracks extremist groups warns that President Obama's tenure and the gun control debate after the Connecticut school shooting have led to surging numbers of anti-government "patriot" groups.</P> <P>The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday reported the rising numbers as it released its annual report on extremist groups.</P> <P>The number of patriot groups, one category of extremist organizations tracked by the center, has risen dramatically over the past four years, from 149 groups in 2008 to 1,360 today.</P> <P>Senior Fellow Mark Potok says the December schoo Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:36:15 +0000 The Associated Press 26142 at Researchers Report Sharp Rise In 'Patriot' Groups Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Unit In Alabama <P>The Justice Department is establishing a civil rights unit in Alabama after the state's crackdown on illegal immigration raised broader concerns about compliance with federal laws. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Perez said Tuesday fewer than 10 such units are located around the country. The nearest is in Memphis, Tennessee. Perez said the move is meant to ensure that the federal government has a continuing eye on civil rights issues in Alabama, which was a hotbed of unrest during the civil rights movement 50 years ago. The U.S. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:29:08 +0000 Associated Press 16605 at Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Unit In Alabama SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer Talks Civil Rights And Immigration <P></P> <P>The United States Commission on Civil Rights is in Birmingham today (August 17, 2012) to discuss the effects of the state's recently enacted immigration laws on the civil rights of individuals. The commission will mainly focus on the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Arizona's immigration law on other state's with similar legislation. Mary Bauer is the legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery and is one of the speakers at the hearing. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:20:16 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 16423 at SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer Talks Civil Rights And Immigration Civil Rights Memorial center remembers shooting victims at Sikh temple <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The victims slain by a gunman in a Wisconsin temple will be honored during a memorial in Alabama. The Civil Rights Memorial Center will join churches and other organizations Sunday to mark the attack the killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The gunman, Wade Michael Page, took his own life after shooting at police responding to the scene. In Alabama, the event will be held in front of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, which honors those who died during the Civil Rights movement. The memorial is scheduled for 6 p.m.</p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:08:07 +0000 The Associated Press 16122 at Civil Rights Memorial center remembers shooting victims at Sikh temple Civil Rights Group, SCLC, Tries To Remain Relevant Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>The civil rights organization co-founded by Martin Luther King Junior meets in Sanford, Florida today for its annual convention. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has struggled in recent years with leadership battles and declining membership. Now members want to rebrand the SCLC. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:53:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 14814 at