Martin Luther King Jr.

Arts & Life
6:23 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Principal Photography Begins on "Selma"


The companies behind the movie "Selma" say principal photography has begun and the movie is being shot in Atlanta and in Selma and Montgomery in Alabama.

"Selma" is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, says the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and with those who continue to fight against discrimination in voting.

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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.

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 ( 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.

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.

50th Anniversary Civil Rights
7:44 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Marker to Honor King's Birmingham Jail Letter

Alabama's governor plans to join Birmingham officials to unveil a marker commemorating where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

King's youngest daughter, Bernice King, is scheduled to speak at the ceremony at noon Tuesday next to the site of the old city jail.

April 16 marks the 50th anniversary of King writing the letter while jailed for his role in civil rights demonstrations. He wrote the letter after some white Alabama clergy suggested he find ways other than demonstrations to seek racial equality.

Civil Rights Movement
10:30 am
Tue April 9, 2013

50 Years Since King’s Letter Recalls Spring Hill as Civil Rights Leader

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" after being arrested for violating a court order banning civil rights demonstrations.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of many key moments in the civil rights movement. It was on April 16th, 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” King wrote the letter after being arrested for violating a court order banning civil rights demonstrations. In his letter, King cited Spring Hill College in Mobile for its leadership in the civil rights movement. That’s because the school integrated in 1954, making it the first desegregated college in Alabama and one of the first to do so in the Deep South.

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King Day Activities
4:51 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Crowd Gathers At Ala. Capitol For King Day Rally

Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 500 people attended a rally on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

King Day fell on the same day that President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as the nation's first black president.

Speakers Monday included Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who called the King Day celebration "a great day for America."

Earlier Monday, Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Steele told a Unity Breakfast in Birmingham that there was still much work to be done to fulfill King's dream.

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