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Creating Civil Rights National Monuments in Alabama

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.08.2016 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation Theresa Pierno, president and CEO, National Parks Conservation Asso...

75-Year-Old Bravely Fights Off Gang Of Armed Carjackers

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.04.2016 | Fifty

Three carjackers messed with the wrong man Monday when they tried to take off with 75-year-old Anthony Mathers’ car. The grandfather of eight was dr...

Birmingham Royal Ballet's 'The Tempest': Some 'Heavenly Music', Brought to Life by Dance

Meghan Feeks | Posted 09.20.2016 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

Shakespeare penned these famous words from The Tempest more than 400 years ago, but in a day of demagogues, Daesh and deep social divisions, they just as easily could have been uttered today.

How Much Do Black Child Lives Matter?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I strongly oppose capital punishment which Blanton and his evil co-conspirators so viciously inflicted. But I do support punishment which at least tries to proximate his heinous crime. This prisoner snuffed out four sacred child lives and escaped punishment for decades. He should die in prison for his inhumane atrocious crime.

Thief Does A Little Dance After Stealing Wallet From A Car, Gets Jailed

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime

This thief couldn’t contain his joy after finding cash inside a wallet he’d stolen from a car. Surveillance video shows Kamayi Matumona busting so...

Cops Are Called To End Kids' Soccer Game, But Join In Instead

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 05.23.2016 | Good News

Police in Birmingham, Alabama, have got these young soccer players' backs. Officers came to the children's defense after receiving multiple calls to b...

The Hypocrisy in GOP-led State Government Overreach

Cody Lyon | Posted 05.19.2016 | New York
Cody Lyon

Actions speak louder than words. When GOP state governments use patronizing and arrogant arguments as justification to unravel the wishes of its cities or counties that are trying to make life better or more inclusive, one can't help but smell the scent of hypocrisy.

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.29.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah van Gelder

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension--all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles." Angela...

Alabama Man Shot Dead After Tracking Stolen Phone With App, Police Say

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 02.23.2016 | Crime

(Reuters) - An Alabama man who used a computer app to track down his stolen cell phone was shot and killed when he tried to retrieve it from the suspe...

Pre-empting Progress in Birmingham

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

It doesn't have to be like this, and while Republicans in Congress have refused to even allow a vote to increase the federal minimum wage, state and local governments all across America are taking matters into their own hands.

The Redemption of Cinqué

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 02.01.2017 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The name a person is given often reflects the hopes of those who bestow it upon the one who has been deemed as such. At Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, cast and crew alike know Cinqué as "Q."

Goofball Delivery Driver Leaves Package In Most Ridiculous Place

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.22.2015 | Weird News

Delivery drivers usually leave packages with neighbors when you're not in. Not this goofball. A driver making a delivery to a Birmingham, England, hom...

Donald Trump Says He Wants Surveillance Of 'Certain Mosques'

CNN | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.10.2017 | Entertainment

(CNN) -- Donald Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric about American Muslims, saying there's precedent for monitoring some mosques amid the recent terro...

Doing Gender, Arts and International Development in Birmingham

Harpreet Kaur | Posted 10.28.2016 | Arts
Harpreet Kaur

We've all been asked that question: What do you do? And language has a way of confusing matters even more. Specific words and terminology take on a di...

"Woodlawn" Scores Big

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.16.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The movie is based on a true story about a Birmingham, Alabama high school in the early seventies. The school is having a rough time making the transition from an all white student body to an integrated one.

Social Media and Social Justice in the Classroom

Dena Lagomarsino | Posted 10.14.2016 | Education
Dena Lagomarsino

As they engaged with social media in a supportive environment, students began to realize that they can "be the change they wish to see in the world," as Gandhi advised.

MAP: Where American Students Are Pepper-Sprayed At School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

In 2011, a 17-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed by a school resource officer at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, after getting in a dispute...

Terminally Ill Man Raised $750,000 For Daughter With Cancer Before He Died

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 10.01.2015 | Good News

This loving father served as his ill daughter’s hero up until the day he died. After raising $750,000 for 6-year-old Kelli’s cancer treatment, Tom...

Birmingham Shakes Up the Deep South with an Increase in the Minimum Wage

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 09.04.2016 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s that spread throughout the south, organizers hope their push to increase the minimum wage will spread to other cities. They are already planning efforts in other Alabama cities.

Fragments Of Ancient Quran Could Be Older Than Muhammad

HuffPost UK | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

This article first appeared on HuffPost UK. In what could prove something of a pot hole for current readings of Islamic history, a carbon test carrie...

Atticus Has Left the Building

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

With people spray-painting rebukes on statues of John C. Calhoun and Robert E. Lee across the South, who would have thought the first icon to be pulled off his pedestal would be Atticus Finch?

94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices

UPDATE: This piece has been updated to reflect recent church burnings that have occurred in the week since the shooting in Charleston. When Dylann...

In Charleston, Echoes of Birmingham and a Call to Action

Riley Roberts | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Riley Roberts

"White Gunman Sought in Killing of 9 at Black Church in Charleston, S.C." It reads like a headline from another age. From 1963, to be precise -- the year another appalling hate crime was carried out against a strikingly similar target.

Daniel Marans

How Media Covered A Heinous Attack On A Black Church 50 Years Ago | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

As Americans mourn Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, it's perhaps worth looking back at the co...

The Whole World Is Watching

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 06.10.2016 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

The McKinney incident was but the latest in an ever-growing string of caught-on-tape (although we don't use tape anymore) acts of police violence and webcast or broadcast to the world by average people using smartphones.