Selma

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

Principal Photography Begins on "Selma"

Credit seattletimes.com

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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Politics & Government
5:52 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Bloody Sunday Remembered: Rev. William Barber

Reverend William Barber
naacp.org

The City of Selma observed the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday over the weekend. It was on March 7, 1965 when state and local lawmen attacked protesters on the Edmund Pettus bridge.  The demonstrators were marching for voting rights. Four days of events concluded yesterday in Selma that drew civil rights leaders from across the country.  One was the Reverend William Barber.   He's head of North Carolina’s NAACP. Barber says he looks at the event as not only a remembrance but a call to action.  He says there's been progress, but we have a long way to go.

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Business & Education
7:27 am
Thu February 13, 2014

State to Take Over Selma Schools

selmacityschools.org

State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says a new leadership team should be in place at the Selma schools by the last week of February.

Bice says state education officials are assembling the team because the state Board of Education voted unanimously to take over the Selma city school system.

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Civil Rights Tourism
5:48 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Civil Rights Tourism: An Introduction

The Edmund Pettus Bridge
Stan Ingold

       There are many reasons people visit Alabama, to see sporting events, the space connection in Huntsville or the beaches along the gulf coast. However, civil rights tourism is often overlooked by the masses. This dark time in the state’s history is drawing visitors from all over.

Visitors like Betty and Phil Histon from Corvallis Oregon. They’re in Alabama, like many tourists, to try the local barbecue and the see the sites. When we met them they were in the Civil Rights Interpretive Center is Selma…

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Forrest Monument
5:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Selma Marchers Oppose Honoring Civil War General

People in Selma marched to prevent the rebuilding of a monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
en.wikipedia.org

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.

Alabama Flooding
4:37 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Flooding Causes Damage In West, South Alabama

Remnants of Hurricane Isaac caused extensive flooding in western and southern Alabama.

Flooding caused by remnants of Hurricane Isaac has caused extensive damage in parts of western and southern Alabama.


Swirling water lapped at the doors of businesses in downtown Selma. At least 20 cars filled with quick-rising water at an automotive dealership before workers could move them.


In Gordo, about two dozen houses were flooded, two bridges were washed out and several families had to be rescued in the town of 1,750 people.

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