civil rights

Details of the Life and Death of Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in Selma in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died on Friday, July 17. He was 80. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him “one of the greatest heroes of American history.”…

Sister of John Lewis Speaks to Alabama News Network about His Death

Alabama News Network has spoken to Rosa Tyner, the youngest sister of U.S.  Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), who died Friday at the age of 80. Lewis, who was a native of Troy, was severely beaten on Bloody Sunday in Selma in 1965 and leaves a legacy of fighting for civil rights. “I prayed to God for him to spare him,…

Civil Rights Leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, Alabama Native, Dies at 98

Civil rights icon the Rev. Joseph Lowery delivers the keynote address at Clark Atlanta University’s fall convocation Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Atlanta. Lowery urged young people to vote at the event where a voter registration march was planned but canceled because of the weather. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Nationally-known civil rights leader Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has died at the…

Selma to Montgomery March 55th Anniversary Commemoration

It was 55 years ago on March 25th, 1965 when a group of 40 thousand protesters arrived in Montgomery after completing the Selma to Montgomery March. On Wednesday ,a group from Alabama State University placed a wreath at the exact spot where the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery March held its successful conclusion, when the marchers reached the Alabama State Capitol…

Selma to Montgomery March Re-enactment

The Selma to Montgomery March was a turning point in the fight for civil rights. On March 7th 1965, a group of 600 people began the march from Selma to Montgomery. Marchers were protesting voter discrimination against black citizens. The peaceful protesters were met by attack dogs, fire hoses, and police batons on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma. Images…

Changemakers: Bryan Stevenson

Usually when we hear lawyers say they’ll “fight for you,” they’re referring to personal injury, but when Public Interest Attorney Bryan Stevenson says he’ll fight for you, it’s about protecting a client’s basic human rights. For more than 30 years, he and his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative which is based in Montgomery, have helped those who’ve been dealt a…

Extra: A Conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King’s Barber

Malden Brothers Barbershop sits on Jackson St. in Centennial Hill, a once bustling neighborhood in Montgomery that catered to black citizens at a time when Montgomery was dominated by segregation. Many of the most iconic figures of the civil rights movement were patrons. Nelson Malden was Dr. King’s barber. He remembers their first meeting. “I saw the blue Pontiac pull…

EJI Legacy Pavilion Opens in Montgomery

The nation’s first memorial to lynching victims is expanding in Montgomery. The Equal Justice Initiative on Saturday opened a new welcome center and exhibition space that will add to the existing lynching memorial and museum that documents the history of racial inequality in America. The pavilion, located at 400 North Court Street, will serve as a hub for visitors to…

Alabama Unveils Statue of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks has been dedicated in Alabama’s capital city. Steven Reed, who recently became the first African American mayor of Montgomery, took part in an unveiling ceremony Sunday. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also attended. The ceremony coincided with the anniversary of Parks’ Dec. 1, 1955 arrest for refusing to…

Civil Rights Memorial Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

Tuesday marked a milestone and a day of remembrance in Montgomery. An event honoring the 30th anniversary of the Civil Rights Memorial was held in downtown. The Memorial was dedicated by the Southern Poverty Law Center on November 5th, 1989. It honors 40 men women and children who were killed during the Civil Rights Movement. People from all across the…