Today in History
Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2021. There are 330 days left in the year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jean Graetz, an early white supporter of equal rights for Black people in Alabama at the start of the civil rights movement, died early Wednesday, a family spokesman...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Montgomery is seeking to name a street after legendary civil rights attorney Fred Gray.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Montgomery Mayor Steven...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery is marking the 65th anniversary of the 1955 bus boycott with a series of events.
Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested Dec. 1, 1955 after...
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2020. There are 30 days left in the year.
Today in History
Today is Friday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2020. There are 62 days left in the year.
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is honoring four people as the initial members of the Alabama NAACP Hall of Honor including civil rights lawyer Fred Gray Sr., who once fought for the right...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Rev. Robert Graetz, the only white minister to support the Montgomery bus boycott and who became the target of scorn and bombings for doing so, died Sunday. He was 92....
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — The run-down, paint-chipped Detroit house where U.S. civil rights icon Rosa Parks took refuge after her historic bus boycott is going on display in Italy in a setting that...
A handwritten letter written by Rosa Parks recalling Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in the civil rights movement is on sale for $54,000.
The letter, dated Oct. 6, 1981, was sent to a Mr....
Douglas Brinkley, a Rice University history professor and author, whose works include books about the late civil rights icons Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., discusses differences...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — COVID-19 has sparked many an event to change the way it's being held and celebrations of Juneteenth are not being spared.
A curfew instituted in Detroit to keep people who live outside the city from instigating violence during protests over the death of George Floyd began Sunday with police volleying tear gas into a...
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Mercer University is facing a backlash from some students and professors after the university's president had a mural that included civil rights icon Rosa Parks and the school's...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The statue of Rosa Parks in downtown Grand Rapids symbolizing resistance against racism is needed now more than ever, according to the man who pushed for the monument...
DETROIT (AP) — A public transit system in Michigan is marking Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man more than 60 years ago by keeping one seat open on every bus in its...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was dedicated in Alabama’s capital city on Sunday, the 64th anniversary of her historic refusal to give up her seat on a...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery.
The statue will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at Montgomery Plaza at the Court...
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...
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, 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...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.