Thompson’s Remarks Lincolnesque

In his 1863 Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln said: “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it will never forget what they did here.” The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Annex on 12 November 1996 reminded this columnist of Mr. Lincoln’s . . . → Read More: Thompson’s Remarks Lincolnesque

The Lawyer Most Responsible for Dismantling Segregation

This year marks forty years since Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery City bus to a white man. Then, Alabama law required African American passengers to stand-up so that white riders could sit down when all seats were filled. Today, it is hard to imagine the Montgomery of 1955. Those . . . → Read More: The Lawyer Most Responsible for Dismantling Segregation

Atlanta Stakes Cradle Claim

A recent column in The Atlanta Constitution could instruct Montgomery political leaders on the value of our city’s history. Writing in her column, Cynthia Tucker, that paper’s editorial page editor, called upon Atlanta’s Mayor Maynard Jackson and the consultant he hired, Olympic marketeer, Joel Babbit, to use the slogan “Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement” to sell Atlanta as the city gears up for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Atlanta, as well as other cities in the south, certainly played a role in the civil rights movement, but the claim as “cradle” is not credible. . . . → Read More: Atlanta Stakes Cradle Claim