Black Lives Matter

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Protestors wrote “Black Lives Matter” and “Expand Medicaid” in front of the Alabama Capitol during a demonstration on Thursday. 

The painting happened during a press conference and demonstration by the Alabama SaveOurselves Movement for Justice and Democracy. The group holds regular press conferences advocating for the expansion of Medicaid in the state.  

Robert E. Lee high school
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school board wants to rename three high schools that honor men who played roles in the Confederacy. 

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Tuesday to change the names of high schools honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and poet Sidney Lanier, who served in the rebel army. The board must now get a waiver of a state law guarding Confederate memorials or pay a $25,000 fine for each renaming.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Alabama's largest city is banning the use of chokeholds by police following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the ban on Tuesday during a continuing review of city policies. He also issued new guidelines that say city police now have a duty to intervene anytime they see a fellow officer using excessive force.

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Plans are being developed to paint a Black Lives Matter mural in an Alabama city’s downtown. 

The Tuscaloosa News reported on Monday that the City Council voted in favor of adding the temporary artwork to a downtown street adjacent to the city’s government plaza.

The Street of Many Colors in Mobile

Jul 2, 2020

An APR news feature

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has prompted protests throughout Alabama. Marchers carrying signs have made their voices heard in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Fairhope. In Mobile recently, children and other residents used a different medium to spread the message. They used chalk.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence in the South 155 years after the end of the Civil War. 

Mississippi’s Republican-controlled Legislature voted Sunday to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag. Other states took action previously. NASCAR, meanwhile, has banned the rebel banner from its car races.

 

CARBON HILL, Ala. (AP) — A controversial small-town mayor in Alabama has resigned after complaining online about the University of Alabama football team's support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers submitted his resignation letter Saturday to the clerk in the city of about 2,000 people outside Birmingham. The council will discuss it on Wednesday.

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama football team has released a video speaking out against racism and including the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.”  

Head Coach Nick Saban and many prominent players, both Black and white, appear in the video, whose message was written by Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood. The players and coach speak of the importance of listening to understand another person’s perspective.