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City Investigates Alleged Islamic Influence In Schools

AP | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion

LONDON (AP) — The city of Birmingham in central England has expanded an investigation into an alleged Muslim plot to greatly expand Islamic influenc...

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

The Journey Home: Only through the Kindness of Others

Henna Budhwani, PhD, MPH | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Henna Budhwani, PhD, MPH

Some children slept in schools, some parents made it to daycare, where they slept with their children. Our family was comparatively lucky; my husband was able to reach our 2-1/2-year-old twins through to the kindness and support of many people along the way.

Why the U.S. Attracts the World's Best and Brightest

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Nigel Barber

The U.S. has always been attractive to bright people with something to get away from. Identifying the pull -- or what they are attracted to -- is more complex and more interesting.

3 Charming and Affordable European Cities You Haven't Visited Yet

Budget Travel | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Anybody visiting a city from which both J.R.R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne sprang should be prepared for a dose of cognitive dissonance, and Birmingham (or "Brum," as it's affectionately known in the U.K.) delivers.

Clock Is Ticking For Unclaimed £12 Million Jackpot

Evening Standard, London | Evening Standard reporter | Posted 01.27.2014 | World

The hunt is on for the owner of a Euromillions ticket worth £12million which expires tonight. The ticket, which has winning code JRG437445, was boug...

Fifty Years Later: The Black Church Since 1963

Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

Having come this far by faith, with a renewed dedication to prophetic action and critique, Black churches are poised on the edge of a future, still too full of the provincial, but instilled with possibilities for insurgent renewal and change.

LOOK: An Art Exhibition Focusing On... Hate?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.20.2013 | Gay Voices

A new art installation at Birmingham-Southern College entitled "The Hate Project" fixes the spotlight on hate -- the 1,007 hate groups that are curren...

Martin Luther King's 'Eulogy for the Martyred Children'

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

"These children -- unoffending, innocent, and beautiful -- were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity."

"That Which MIght Have Been, Birmingham, 1963" : 50 Year Anniversary

Amy Waddell | Posted 11.15.2013 | Arts
Amy Waddell

September 15, 1963. A car travels North from Valle de Bravo, Mexico toward the border of Laredo, Texas. Artist John Henry Waddell, age 42, and his family have spent the past two and half years living in Mexico.

Choir To Voice The Words Of Birmingham's 'Unsung'

AP | ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices

-- Seeking inspiration for a musical commission to mark the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, composer Yotam Haber turned t...

They Reminisce Over You, My God: For Addie Mae, Cynthia, Carole, and Denise

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Though the story is well-documented, often lost in the historicity of this tragedy is its enduring humanity: those left behind to grieve and mourn life lost and security disturbed.

Congress Honors Historic Bombing Victims

AP | ANDREW MIGA | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House and Senate leaders on Tuesday awarded Congress' highest civilian honor to four girls killed in the Alabama church bombing nea...

After Obama Call, Judge Releases Father Of Church Bombing Victim

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963 was released from a prison medical facilit...

'We Wanted to Pray for Better Schools'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Sitting there in the back of the church, 12-year-old Freeman heard the young preacher say integration would mean better schools for black children. The preacher -- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- told the congregation that even children could play a role in holding the nation to account.

The Eagle Flies

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

It is not only a magnificent speech we remember this week or powerful faces that beamed through glass television screens that late summer day. We remember who we are.

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.

5 Places to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

MiniTime | Posted 08.21.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Huge crowds are expected in Washington D.C. this weekend for the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic March on Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech. Can't make it to the capital for the big party? Consider one of these five destinations.

Following Dr. King's Footsteps in Alabama, An Emotional Journey

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

As the capital of Alabama, and former capital of The Confederate States of America, Montgomery is steeped in history, but for people of our generation its recent history is more transformational. This is the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his civil rights work.

Interning at Indulge

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 09.22.2013 | Media
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

In the office, I've been working on fashion page with one of the other interns. Bangalore fashion week starts next Thursday, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the local designers with their Autumn/Winter collections.

How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham

www.npr.org | Posted 06.19.2013 | Black Voices

As the Civil Rights Movement was unfolding across the US in 1963, the entire nation had its eyes on climactic events taking place in Southern cities l...

Birmingham's Renaissance

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 06.10.2013 | Travel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- It feels like Birmingham finally is emerging from the shadows cast by the ugly racial violence of 1963. Long haunted by black-and...

Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Birmingham, Alabama

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2013 | Black Voices

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 31 (Reuters) - Birmingham is honoring its turbulent past by commemorating the 50th anniversary of...

Obama OKs Honor For '63 Birmingham Bombing Victims

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices

May 24 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday granting the United States' highest civilian honor to four black girls ki...

50 Years Later, The Birmingham Pledge of Nonviolence Still Inspires

John Dear | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
John Dear

This 50th anniversary reminds me that in the David-and-Goliath-like battle that pitted Martin Luther King, Jr., school children and the best of the Civil Rights movement against the Ku Klux Klan and white racists -- active nonviolence can transform anything.