Willie Edwards, 1932-1957
In a July 28, 1997 letter to Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks, Malinda Edwards made her plea for long delayed justice. Writing on behalf of her family, she requested that Ms. Brooks reopen the 1957 case involving the death of her father, Willie Edwards, Jr. Mr. Edwards’ decomposed body . . . → Read More: Justice Still Absent in Bridge Death
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
Traditionally, during Black History month, the spotlight is on Americans with African ancestry. It is this exclusive aspect of black history month that continues to trouble this columnist. The quandary is this: how do we recognize an acknowledged hero of the civil rights movement even though he claimed no African ancestry.
On May 20, . . . → Read More: Heroic Act: Floyd Mann Stood Out Among Alabama Lawmen
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
The recent re-enactment of the Selma to Montgomery March commemorating the 1965 Voting Rights March created reflections and caused comparisons. Older people reflected upon their lives thirty years ago, while young people tried to grasp the significance of that historic event.
Much has changed in thirty years. Then, Governor George Wallace was determined to . . . → Read More: Events In Selma Changed Our World
Readers may recall the position this column took last year with respect to Black History Month. That column suggested we end the practice of defining and separating our history by race. On 7 November 1994, a group of Alabama’s civic and political leaders took an important step toward combining American civil rights history. U.S. . . . → Read More: Leaders Agree: Preserve Valuable History
Thirty years ago, a quarter million Americans marched onto the mall at the Capitol in Washington D.C. They were demonstrating for equal rights for the class of Americans the constitution refers to as “other persons.” Gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, they heard a young Baptist preacher speak. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, . . . → Read More: Nation Gets Closer to King’s Dream
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