civil rights

Mount Zion A.M.E Zion Church Celebrates 155 Years and the Restoration of their Historical Building

Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion church boasts of being the backdrop to pivotal moments in the civil rights movement, though the original building itself has struggled to survive. As they celebrated 155 years Sunday, leaders seem more confident now than ever that brighter days are on the horizon.

City of Selma to Honor Life of Dr. Frederick D. Reese

The City of Selma plans to honor the memory of civil rights leader Dr. Frederick D. Reese with several events on Monday, March 15. The Selma City Council has declared March 21 as F.D. Reese Day each year. Reese, who is a member of the historic “Courageous Eight” civil rights leaders, is credited with writing the letter to the Southern…

President Biden Delivers Remarks Virtually to the King Unity Breakfast in Selma

FILE – In this March 7, 1965, file photo, a state trooper swings a billy club at John Lewis, right foreground, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to break up a civil rights voting march in Selma, Ala. (AP Photo/File) The Martin & Coretta King Unity Breakfast in Selma is one of the few in-person events to mark the…

President Biden Marks Bloody Sunday with Executive Order Promoting Voting Access

FILE – Then-Vice President Joe Biden, center, leads a group across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., Sunday, March 3, 2013. From left: Selma Mayor George Evans, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., Rev. Jesse Jackson, Biden, Rev. Al Sharpton and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Today is the 56th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, when…

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Remembers Bloody Sunday

Photo of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma – Photo from Office of U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) is remembering Bloody Sunday, which took place in Selma on March 7, 1965. She has released this statement: “Today, we commemorate the 56th Anniversary of…

Montgomery Church Receives $500K Grant

The Mount Zion Center Foundation, Inc received another $500,000 grant.

Mount Zion A.M.E Zion Church is one step closer to curating the next Civil Rights attraction in Montgomery. Officials have announced that the church has received a $500,000 grant to restore the Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church Memorial Annex. The award represents the second $500K grant the group has received. Plans are in the works to restore the church, built…

Memorial Service for Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Robert Graetz, Jr.

The memorial service for the late Reverend Robert Graetz, Jr. Was held Sunday. He’s remembered as a Civil Rights icon and acclaimed human rights advocate. The memorial service for Rev. Graetz was held at Montgomery’s Historic First Baptist Brick-A-Day Church. The church was an important gathering place for activities related to the Civil Rights Movement, and it became associated with…

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.”…