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The 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade, A Turning Point for the Civil Rights Movement
April 25, 2019
In April 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and James Bevel of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) along with other members of the SCLC set out to desegregate Birmingham through the use of non-violent acts like protests, marches, and boycotts.  ... read more »
Cal State LA Students Dedicate Spring Break to Civil Rights Service Trip
April 16, 2019
The 17 students and five faculty and staff chaperones traveled more than 2,000 miles to Montgomery, Alabama, during the first week of April. Their days were spent volunteering with local youth and seniors at Resurrection Catholic Missions and touring historical landmarks in communities at the center of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. ... read more »
Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo provides rare glimpse at African American cowboys, cowgirls
April 11, 2019
The main event – playfully named “The Greatest Show on Dirt” — is the rodeo itself. ... read more »
Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Statement at DHS Appropriations Hearing on Disaster Recovery
March 15, 2019
House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) led the subcommittee’s hearing today regarding an update on recovery efforts for 2017 and 2018 disasters.  The witness was Federal Emergency Management Agency Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor. ... read more »
Black Woman Replacing Alabama Editor Who Endorsed KKK
February 28, 2019
The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama, announced Friday that Elecia R. Dexter will take over as publisher and editor from Goodloe Sutton, who has run the 140-year-old paper since the 1960s. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window: ‘Civil Rights: Progression or Regression?’
February 21, 2019
I was born of a White mother and a Black father in 1961 in Southern California during a time when America was experiencing segregation across the nation.  Although many of us in California did not feel the same effects as many of our relatives in the South, segregation was still alive and well throughout the country. The Civil Rights Movement was in its beginning stages and the 50’s and 60’s were pivotal in changing the face and climate of America. The Civil Rights Movement was organized by African Americans with the goal to help end racial discrimination and provide equal rights to all under the law. ... read more »
MLK-Themed Study Reveals States with the Most Racial Progress
January 24, 2019
To measure America’s progress in harmonizing racial groups, WalletHub researchers measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 22 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. ... read more »
Alabama Civil Rights Institute Rescinds Angela Davis Honor
January 10, 2019
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama has rescinded its decision to honor political activist and scholar Angela Davis following unspecified complaints. ... read more »
Lil Wayne Joins as Special Guest for ESPN’s College Football Playoff Halftime Performance Featuring Imagine Dragons
January 4, 2019
Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning Lil Wayne will join a special performance by Imagine Dragons during ESPN’s half time presentation of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game Presented by ATT on January 7. ... read more »
Democrats Focus on Voting Rights Ahead of 2020 Primary
January 3, 2019
Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They’re vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling and frequently highlight the necessity of counting every vote. ... read more »
Russia’s Secret Weapon
December 27, 2018
It is clear now that the 45thpresident of the United States is knowingly or unwittingly a tool of the Russian government.  But for many years before the dumpster fire in the White House came into office, the Kremlin has been wielding a secret weapon against the “land of the free.” ... read more »
Brad Pye’s National Sports Beat (12/27/18-1/2/19)
December 27, 2018
Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. ... read more / view gallery »
U of R welcomes first Tuskegee University exchange student
December 13, 2018
Noelani Pierce, a sophomore food science and biology major from Chicago, Illinois, says she was initially attracted to the exchange program because of the new experiences it offered ... read more »
Mayor Calls For Patience, Family Seeks Answers in Shooting
November 29, 2018
An officer killed Bradford while responding to the report of a shooting that wounded two people at the Riverchase Galleria mall outside Birmingham. ... read more »
Comic Book Artist Goes from Superheroes to Civil Rights
August 9, 2018
People familiar with the 2013 graphic novel "March'' and its two sequels already know that Lewis' illustrated history of his role in the civil rights movement became a sensation. Despite critics who thought a "comic book'' was too pulpy for an elder statesman's story, it triumphed on the New York Times best-seller list. The third installation went on to win the National Book Award, a first for a graphic novel. ... read more »
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