Alabama’s Tuskegee seeks to expand tourism with conference
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Officials are trying to encourage more tourism in the Alabama city of Tuskegee and surrounding Macon County.
The east Alabama town of 8,500 is home to Tuskegee...
Ex-Gov. Haslam joins Vanderbilt as visiting professor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University starting this fall as a visiting professor of political science.
Montgomery closer to rolling out bike share program
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery is getting closer to seeing folks cruising through the city on rented bikes as part of its new bike share program.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Rosa Parks and Helen Keller are soon to have statues on the grounds of the Alabama State Capitol.
Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation Wednesday creating a Women's...
2nd black valedictorian in Vancleave High’s history
VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) — The school year is over, but it's just the beginning for Vancleave High School valedictorian Khadeejah Franklin.
Not only did she leave Vancleave at the top of her...
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a dispute over a coat that belonged to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.
The court rejected an appeal Monday. A lawyer for the...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have voted to place statues of Rosa Parks and Helen Keller on the grounds of the state Capitol.
State senators on Tuesday voted 29-0 for the bill....
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — French street artist JR's mural of Montgomery, Alabama, residents has begun installation in the city's downtown.
NEW MARKET, Tenn. (AP) — A fire at a Tennessee social justice center that trained the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has destroyed a building and decades of archives. Nobody was injured.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Monday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2019. There are 330 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 4, 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army.
On this date:
In 1783, Britain's King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
Events planned to highlight need for improved public transit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Events are being planned around Connecticut to highlight the need to make public transit more accessible and affordable.
Local political leaders, environmental and transit advocates plan to hold a series of news conferences on Monday, which they've dubbed Transit Equity Day.
Alabama civil rights institute rescinds Angela Davis honor
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Black activists on Monday called for leadership changes and protests at an Alabama civil rights museum after it rescinded an award for political activist Angela Davis, a move the mayor said followed complaints from the Jewish community.
Alabama officer recalls 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Leroy Pierce calls the Dec. 1, 1955, arrest of Rosa Parks "an arrest that affected more people than any arrest ever made."
"It went worldwide," Pierce said.
Pierce would know. Then a 28-year-old patrol officer with Montgomery Police Department, he was the first officer to arrive on scene when bus driver James Blake called police on a black woman who refused to change seats when asked, and he's one of two known surviving witnesses to Parks' arrest.
Alabama marks first official Rosa Parks Day
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is marking its first Rosa Parks Day.
Alabama lawmakers earlier this year voted to designate Dec. 1 as a day to honor the civil rights icon.
Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery on Dec. 1, 1955. Her action ignited the yearlong Montgomery bus boycott and helped usher in the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks’ lawyer to speak at bus boycott commemoration
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The lawyer who represented Rosa Parks after she was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man will speak at an event marking the 63rd anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Tuskegee attorney Fred Gray will speak at a commemoration planned for Monday night at First Baptist Church in Montgomery.
The event is being sponsored by the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University.
Today in History for December 1st
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Saturday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2018. There are 30 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus; the incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
Minnesota teacher honored for encouraging student expression
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Some days art teacher Amy Muehlenhardt has a defined lesson for her students at Rosa Parks and Bridges elementary schools.
Students recently learned about color mixing through some unexpected art materials. Kindergartners, for example, drizzled water over Skittles candies to create streams of colors. Third-graders meanwhile added red and yellow food coloring to baking soda and vinegar to create orange lava.
Wayne State athletes join effort to feed those in need
DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University athletes will be helping to make and distribute lunches in Detroit for those in need.
The students are set to participate in the annual #Lunchbag event on Friday. The program began in 2015 in conjunction with Hartford Memorial Baptist Church's "Feed the Hungry" program.
President and stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul
DETROIT (AP) — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of singers Friday in a hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member.
"Aretha's singing challenged the dangling discords of hate and lies and racism and injustice," the pastor William J. Barber II said. "Her singing was revelation and was revolution."
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors' home has been purchased at auction by the couple who were targeted in the attack.
Alabama State University announced that the Rev. Robert Graetz and his wife Jeannie purchased the letter by Parks describing the bombing of their home. The couple plan to donate the letter to the university.
Auctioneer: Rosa Parks house has buyers, working out details
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The auctioneer selling the house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats said after the auction on Thursday there are buyers interested, but it will take a few days to work out the details.
The house was included in an auction by Guernsey's in New York as part of a larger sale of African-American cultural and historic items. It was listed with a minimum bid of $1 million, with a presale estimate of $1 million to $3 million.
Rosa Parks family house set for auction next week
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats is scheduled for auction next week with a minimum bid of $1 million.
Auctioneer Guernsey's plans to put the house up for auction July 26 in New York City, and has set a pre-auction estimate of $1 million to $3 million. It's part of an auction that will feature several other items related to African-American history and culture.
Rape victim’s story is window on injustice, activism
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Oprah Winfrey saluted unheralded #MeToo crusaders at the Golden Globes last January, she chose a rape victim from 1940s Alabama to drive home her point.
"Recy Taylor, a name I know, and I think you should know, too," Winfrey said, sketching the outlines of the African-American woman's assault by six white youths and her quest for justice.
Park opens at one-time work site of Rosa Parks
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An open-air park now stands in the spot where Rosa Parks once worked in downtown Montgomery, the building she left when she boarded the bus for a trip into history.
People mingled and chatted Thursday under a meticulously recreated Montgomery Fair department store façade, holding cups from the local coffeehouse next door. Felicia Bell tried to imagine how her day would have been different if she came there 63 years ago, when Parks worked as a seamstress.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on San Francisco's new mayor-elect (all times local):
London Breed formally declared victory as San Francisco's mayor-elect at the elementary school where she got into her first fight and made life-long friends.
Her speech was part love letter to the community and part outline of what she promised to do as mayor of a city that has shed much of its African American population.
Breed was raised by her grandmother in city public housing.
Rosa Parks family home to be offered at auction this summer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South will be offered at auction after being turned into a work of art and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean twice.
Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box.
He just wanted a burger: Civil rights pioneer made history
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Bruce Boynton is a civil rights pioneer most people have never heard of.
History books tell the story of his lawyer Thurgood Marshall, the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice, and Rosa Parks, who wouldn't give up her bus seat to a white man. Many even recall Boynton's mother, Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was savagely beaten while demonstrating for voting rights in 1965 and was honored by then-President Barack Obama 50 years later.
Lynching memorial may be game-changer for Montgomery tourism
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — A memorial to the victims of racial lynchings and a new museum in Montgomery, Alabama, have gotten a lot of attention since opening in late April.
Learning about the civil rights era through travel
On assignment in Montgomery, Alabama, recently, I toured the Rosa Parks Museum with a capacity student crowd; sang “We Shall Overcome” in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church with tourgoers from Ohio, California and China; and waited 10 minutes in line at the Southern Poverty Law Center museum to buy my souvenir water bottle (for a good cause).
Philadelphia National Cemetery Civil War Memorial honors Black soldiers
The unveiling of the new Civil War Memorial took place Saturday, April 21 at the Philadelphia National Cemetery.
The memorial honors Black Civil War soldiers with a new monument information panel recognizing the troops that are buried there.
The unveiling ceremony speakers included Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressman Dwight Evans (D-2nd District) and Charles L. Blockson Curator Emeritus of Temple University’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.
Library of Congress brings America to life in LA photo show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a picture tells a thousand words, the Library of Congress is bringing 440,000 of them to Los Angeles with a free-wheeling photo exhibition that seeks to define America's zeitgeist in a way people have never seen.
"Not An Ostrich: And Other Images From America's Library," which opened Saturday at the Annenberg Space For Photography, takes visitors on a picturesque journey across the country beginning with the birth of photography and continuing to the present day.
House where Rosa Parks sought refuge will be displayed
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after she fled the South will be displayed in Rhode Island for at least a month after all because several groups have provided money.
The future of the rebuilt house from Detroit was uncertain after it was taken on a trans-Atlantic journey and Brown University reneged on plans to exhibit it.
A nonprofit arts organization, WaterFire Providence, said Thursday that it will put the house on display within two weeks.
Rep. John Lewis speaks at Saint Joseph’s University
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) shared some insight about his work as a civil rights crusader as he spoke Monday morning at Saint Joseph’s University.
His presentation culminated SJU’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on the campus in 1967. Lewis is one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and was an architect of the historic March on Washington.
Remembering, rethinking the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Editorial Board Roundtable
Remembering, rethinking the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Editorial Board Roundtable
Civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago this week, but it's a rare child who doesn't know his name and a rare big city that doesn't have his name on a school, street, park or building.
Yet what is his deeper legacy, and how is America faring in its struggle to become a nation with justice and liberty for all?
AP PHOTOS: 50 years after MLK’s death, a look at his life
Martin Luther King Jr. was 39 when he was assassinated on the evening of April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, and he had already become one of the world's most well-known figures.
He helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus.
He famously delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington, calling for equality among the races.
MLK tackled many issues in his lifetime. Where are we now?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for many issues throughout his life as a minister and the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaking out against various barriers holding back blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans. Fifty years after his assassination, some of these barriers have fallen — but others remain.
Here is a look at five civil rights issues King addressed during his lifetime and where they stand now:
Rosa Parks house to be shown, after trans-Atlantic odyssey
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The small, tired house with peeling white paint once served as a refuge for Rosa Parks in Detroit. It has traveled across the world and back in an odyssey conceived by an artist and a Parks family member determined to preserve the civil rights activist's legacy.
Rosa Parks House to be Shown After Odyssey
Alabama designates holiday to honor Rosa Parks
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama legislature has designated a holiday to honor civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
In a 102-0 vote, the House passed a bill Thursday to establish Mrs. Rosa L. Parks Day. The day will not be a full-fledged state holiday, but counties and municipalities can elect to observe Dec. 1 as a holiday. The legislation was introduced by state Sen. Vivian Figures, a Democrat from Mobile.
‘Rape of Recy Taylor’ documentary keeps speaking to the woman bringing it to St. Paul
Eleven years before Rosa Parks famous act of civil disobedience on that Montgomery bus, she stood up for Recy Taylor, said Monique Linder.
I had to bring The Rape of Recy Taylor to the Twin Cities, said Linder, founder of OMG Digital Media Solutions and the force behind the films local screening next week.
The history books say Rosa Parks was this poor, tired seamstress on a bus, but she was a fierce activist, and we dont read that in history books, Linder said.
‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ documentary set for a Twin Cities screening
The first time most of us heard Recy Taylors name was during Oprahs stirring Me Too speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, shortly after Taylors death at age 97.
In 1944, the young mother was leaving a church in Abbeville, Ala., when she was abducted and raped by six white men who were hunting for a black woman. Despite confessions, the men were never convicted.
Senate Committee approves Rosa Parks Day
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama inched closer to setting aside a day to honor civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
An Alabama Senate committee on Tuesday approved legislation to name Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day. The bill now moves to the full Senate.
Parks was arrested Dec. 1, 1955 in Montgomery for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a key event in the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks house artist pushes forward, citing free speech
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An artist who turned a Detroit house where Rosa Parks lived into an art piece says he's working to ensure the home is displayed in Rhode Island even after Brown University pulled its support.
Ryan Mendoza said he has a First Amendment right to show the house. He is working with a local arts group for legal help and to find the money and other support he needs to move forward. He said he has a right to continue.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on an art project built around a house where Rosa Parks once lived in Detroit (all times local):
A foundation that's backing an art project built around a Detroit house where Rosa Parks once lived says it's considering legal options now that Brown University has said the project was canceled.
Brown University cancels Rosa Parks house display in dispute
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has canceled plans to display the house where Rosa Parks lived for a time after she left the south and moved to Detroit.
The house had been on a demolition list until it was saved by Parks' niece and artist Ryan Mendoza, who moved it to Berlin. He brought it back to the United States in pieces last month with Brown's backing, and was reassembling it when the Ivy League university made the abrupt announcement Thursday.
The Rev. Billy Graham passed away Feb. 21 in North Carolina at the advanced age of 99. What passes for legitimate news sources these days carried the funeral coverage, particularly FOX, as if a president or a deity had passed.
Legislation seeks to name Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama might set aside a day honor civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
A proposal in the Alabama Legislature would name Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day. However, it would not be a full-fledged state holiday where state offices close.
Supporters of the idea held a Tuesday rally at the Alabama Statehouse.
Petition calls for national holiday to honor Billy Graham
An online petition with nearly 50,000 signatures is calling on lawmakers to create a national holiday in honor of Rev. Billy Graham.
The Change.org petition calls on President Donald Trump, Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr and Congress to declare the holiday in recognition of Graham’s impact on the world.
The petition, started six days ago by Kyle Siler, states: