by Joshua Clark Davis
"In 1963 liberal critics condemned the Alabama city’s K-9 unit as a relic of the Old South. The harder truth to accept, however, was that it was actually a product of a new America."
SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two AJC reporters offer a guide to those interested in marking Black History Month with a tour of Alabama's major civil rights sites, memorials and museums.
SOURCE: New York Times
Sarah Collins Rudolph has long argued that officials of the state of Alabama incited racial hatred that encouraged the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, and that they must compensate her as a culpable party.
SOURCE: The Grio
Sarah Collins Rudolph argues that the State of Alabama, in the person of Governor George Wallace, directly incited the racial hatred that led to the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Donald Trump invoked images of terror to discourage protesters against racial injustice according to historians Tyler D. Parry and Taylor Branch.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Condoleezza Rice
The Republican former Secretary of State calls for an end to looting and disorder, but recognizes that order must be secured by a renewed commitment to justice.
SOURCE: NY Times
Senator Doug Jones Writes Book on the Birmingham Church Bombing That Changed the Course of Civil Rights
With this book, Jones invites us — indeed, challenges us — to look anew at the central paradox of the case.
SOURCE: BBC News
Plans are afoot to correct the Birmingham, UK memorial.
Diane McWhorter is the author of “Carry Me Home.”FIFTY years ago, Birmingham, Ala., provided the enduring iconography of the civil rights era, testing the mettle of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so dramatically that he was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.During his protest there in May 1963, the biblical spectacle of black children facing down Public Safety Commissioner Eugene (Bull) Connor’s fire hoses and police dogs set the stage for King’s Sermon on the Mount some four months later at the Lincoln Memorial. And the civil rights movement’s “Year of Birmingham” passed into history as an epic narrative of good versus evil.
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