Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Newscast
9:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Hubbard ethics trial, Selma-to-Montgomery March and Montgomery trolley tour

Speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives Mike Hubbard

State prosecutors say indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is once again manufacturing investigation leaks to distract the public from his criminal wrongdoing.

Yesterday, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Hubbard's motion to dismiss their indictment. Hubbard claimed there were violations of the grand jury secrecy act and other problems with the investigation against him.

State prosecutors said Hubbard's claims are baseless, and a “bogus narrative”.

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Arts & Life
4:21 am
Tue March 24, 2015

"More Bridges to Cross..."

“At that time, we’d been singing songs, we shall overcome, and before I’d be a slave…be dead and buried in my grave,” says Bennie Lee Tucker. He’s seventy four years old, and he spent the last fifty five of those years here in Selma. “And we gonna let nobody turn us around, no more Governor Wallace…no more white folk,” he says.

On the front porch of his home on Eugene Avenue, Tucker recalls March 7th, 1965. It was the height of the voting rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior wasn’t the name on everyone’s mind that day.

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Newscast
8:56 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Turnaround Tuesday anniversary, Obama in Selma and same-sex marriage update

Selma City Councilman Benny Lee Tucker

The City of Selma remembered the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” over the weekend. But today marks another milestone in the civil rights movement.

Saturday was the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in 1965. Today marks 50 years since the second march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge called Turnaround Tuesday. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led that protest himself, but turned back before state troopers could attack like they did just two days prior.

Selma city councilman Benny Lee Tucker was a teenager in 1965. He says he had a specific job during King’s march…

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Newscast
8:29 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Jimmie Lee Jackson remembered, state senate agenda and Tuscaloosa tax vote

Jimmie Lee Jackson

The city of Selma is preparing to remember the fiftieth anniversary of the attack known as "Bloody Sunday".

Today also marks fifty years since the funeral of civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. His death at the hands of an Alabama State Police Trooper is considered one of the reasons Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Selma to help organize the voting rights marches.

Vera Jenkins Booker was the nurse that tended to Jackson when he was brought in to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma.

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Newscast
10:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Battle of Selma marker, Jimmie Lee Jackson nurse and Bentley tax proposal

Major General James H. Wilson ca. 1865

The world is getting ready to remember the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma early next month. But another bit of Selma history is being remembered now.

100 years before the voting rights march and Bloody Sunday, the Battle of Selma took place during the Civil War. A historic marker was just unveiled at the corner of Highland and Summerfield Road.

In April of 1965, Union general James H. Wilson defeated the troops under Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Wilson’s biographer, Edward Longacre, says Wilson was only 27 at the time.

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Newscast
5:44 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Bentley Inaugurated, MLK Day and Scale Back Alabama

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

  Governor Robert Bentley says there are no easy solutions to the state's budget and prison problems. Bentley, in his second inaugural address, said state leaders face tough decisions as they come into office for the next four years. However, Bentley said state leaders will not shrink away from the challenge.

     A budget shortfall and the state's severely overcrowded prisons are expected to be the biggest problems facing the Legislature when it convenes in March. The governor is expected to give his proposals when he gives his State of the State address in March.

     

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Newscast
9:04 am
Mon January 19, 2015

MLK Insights, Selma Celebration and School STEM Grants

Doug Shipman, CEO of Atlanta's National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Today is the day the nation observes the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the incidents in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and the recent release of the film Selma, civil rights are once again at the forefront of people's minds.

Doug Shipman is the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. He believes if Dr. King were still alive, he would be still be working towards his goal of equality.

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MLK Holiday-Alabama
4:34 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

MLK Holiday Draws Volunteers Across Alabama

Volunteers are turning out across Alabama to participate with service projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Credit americaslibrary.gov

Volunteers are turning out across Alabama to participate with service projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The nonprofit Hands On Birmingham expects Monday to exceed its record turnout of 1,800 volunteers last year. The group is helping coordinate more than 30 projects ranging from pulling weeds on overgrown lots to painting hallways and classrooms at a middle school.

Stephanie Willis, director of Hands On Birmingham, calls the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader "our largest day of service throughout the year."

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Civil Rights
7:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Ala. Group Looks to Turn Jail Cell Into Exhibit

The original doors to the jail cell that held MLK and his brother the night before they were transferred to Birmingham.
WBRC-TV

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.

   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.

Civil Rights Movement
7:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Montgomery Church Joins MLK Speech Celebration

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery will ring bells at 2 o'clock to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have a Dream" speech. King was pastor at the church 1954-1960.
www.dexterkingmemorial.org

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.

   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.