Ku Klux Klan

16th Street Baptist Church bombing

A former Ku Klux Klan member convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls is up for parole in Alabama.

The state parole board has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday for 78-year-old Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. Blanton won't attend the hearing, but opponents of his release are expected to address the board.


The protests of Selma residents weren't enough to keep city council from voting to give a one acre tract of land at a cemetery to a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Selma Times-Journal reports that city leaders decided to relinquish control of the land in a 5-4 vote while residents protested during a meeting Tuesday.

The vote ends a lawsuit that Virginia-based KTK Mining filed against the city after leaders revoked a building permit for a memorial to confederate general and former Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest.


More than 60 people have marched from the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge to Selma City Hall to protest a monument to a Civil War general being rebuilt in a Selma cemetery. The biracial group carried signs Tuesday and chanted, "No justice, no peace." Their leader, activist Rose Toure, said Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The marchers went to City Hall to ask the City Council to deny permission to rebuild the monument. A similar monument disappeared from the cemetery earlier this year.