Alabama civil rights

Capitol March
4:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

7 Days Of Marches Planned Around Alabama Capitol

More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.
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More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.

Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.

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Civil Rights-Interpretive Center
3:55 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civil Rights Center To Stay At Alabama State Univ.

A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.
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A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.

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.

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.

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Civil Rights-16th Street
4:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Searching For Addie Mae Collins

Forensic genealogist Liesa Healy-Miller is making a final plea for help in finding Addie Mae Collins' final resting place in Greenwood Cemetery.
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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.

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Church Bombing Anniversary-Congress
4:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Congressional Black Caucus Marks Bomb Anniversary

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was among the members of Congress honoring four black girls at the Alabama church today where they died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing 50 years ago.
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Members of Congress are honoring four black girls at the Alabama church where they died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing 50 years ago.

About a dozen members of Congress applauded families of the girls during a commemoration Friday at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

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.

A bomb detonated outside the church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing the children.

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Civil Rights Movement
8:14 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Service to Start Church Bombing Anniversary Events

A small monument outside of the church remembering the 1963 bombing.
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Birmingham is beginning five days of events linked to the 50th anniversary of the church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.

   Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in a day of service on Wednesday in the city.

   A memorial commemorating the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 also is planned in a downtown park, followed by musical acts and speakers.

   The events are the first of days of activities leading up to the anniversary of the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church on Sunday.

Church Bombing Anniversary
3:09 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Birmingham To Mark Anniversary Of Church Bombing

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.
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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.

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."

Events begin Wednesday and continue through Sunday, the anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963.

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Civil Rights Movement
7:43 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Commemorative Gas Light Recognizes Freedom Riders

Alagasco is unveiling the fourth of five gas lights commemorating the civil rights movement in Alabama.
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Alagasco has unveiled the fourth of five gas lights commemorating the civil rights movement in Alabama.

   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.

   The light is located near the Freedom Riders mural in Anniston, and it is across the street from the original Greyhound bus station.

Civil Rights
5:58 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

A small monument outside of the church remembering the 1963 bombing.
Ryan Vasquez

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.

“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 agape love the godly type of love and agape is the Greek word for godly love.”

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Civil Rights-Dynamite Hill
9:57 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Civil Rights Attorney Arthur Shores: The Gentle Giant Of Dynamite Hill

Attorney Arthur Shores' countless legal battles for civil rights made him and his family the targets of attacks and bombings.
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Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
6:28 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Lawmakers' Visit Marks Segregated Past at Alabama

Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor George Wallace stands defiantly at the door while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.
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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.

The leaders will be in Tuscaloosa on Friday for commemoration program.


The event will held at the auditorium where Wallace tried to block the enrollment of black students at Alabama in 1963.


Among those greeting the delegation will be a daughter of Wallace, Peggy Wallace Kennedy.

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Arts & Life
4:39 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Resolution Seeks Parks' Monument At Ala. Capitol

A resolution in the Alabama legislature looks to erect a monument to Rosa Parks at the state Capitol in Montgomery.
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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.


The resolution was introduced Thursday by Democratic Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery. Parks helped spark the Civil Rights Movement when she was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man.


Holmes' resolution says Parks was a source of pride for Alabama residents.

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Harvey Milk Anthology
5:02 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Discussing Harvey Milk With "An Archive of Hope" Editor Jason Black

"An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings" is an anthology edited by Jason Black.
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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.


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. He is also the editor of "An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings."

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Rosa Parks' 100th
9:12 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Montgomery Observes Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday

Rosa Parks in 1955. Montgomery is honoring civil rights icon Parks with a downtown project.
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Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.

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..."

Montgomery's director of development, Chad Emerson, told the Montgomery Advertiser that citizens came up with the idea and volunteers did the work.

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Birmingham Bombing - Congress
4:37 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Recognition Sought For Church Bombing Victims

Lawmakers want to honor the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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.

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Arts & Life
12:45 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

International Film Conference Addresses Global Human Rights Issues

A scene from the documentary “Tahrir: Liberation Square.”
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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 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.

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