Alabama Constitution

The Birmingham News file

The Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission has voted to propose striking segregationist language from the Alabama's 1901 constitution mandating separate schools for "white and colored children."

   The Anniston Star reports the commission voted 9-7 Monday ( ) to propose that Section 256 of the document instead say the state will maintain a system of public schools and drop references to segregation.

The commission working on rewriting parts of Alabama's 112-year-old Constitution may soon become more diverse.

Alabama's Constitutional Revision Commission has 16 members and only one, Carolyn McKinstry, is an African-American. McKinstry told The Anniston Star ( ) that she can speak for herself, but not all African-Americans in the state.