AP Story Praises Ala. Civil Rights Site Preservation
Focuses on Birmingham, Tuscaloosa
A major AP story praises Alabama for preserving Civil Rights sites, while calling on other states to follow suite.
Not all states and cities are letting time bury memories of their civil rights sites. In Alabama, for example, tourism officials invite visitors to experience such places as the University of Alabama’s Foster Auditorium, where Gov. George Wallace stood at the entrance to prevent two black students from entering. The students were later allowed to enroll after President Kennedy placed the Alabama National Guard under federal control.
The AP story also mentions some Birmingham area Civil Rights sites, but curiously ignores Montgomery, where Rev. Martin Luther King led the bus boycott, sparked when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat; where a memorial is now planned for national victims of lynchings; and where the Selma to Montgomery March ended…on the same steps of the Alabama Capitol Building where Gov. George Wallace gave his infamous “Integration Forever” speech.
For information about Montgomery tourism, including Civil Rights Sites, go here: http://visitingmontgomery.com/