Black Lives Matter

Lee County Remembrance Project


The Lee County Remembrance Project plans to honor four Black men who were killed by white mobs over a century ago.

Co-founder Ashley Brown said the group hopes to erect a historic marker that tells the victims' stories outside the county courthouse. She said they also want to establish an official day of remembrance for the victims. 

The Birmingham News file


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters will decide whether to remove racist, segregation-era language from the state constitution in the upcoming election. 

The Alabama Constitution was approved in 1901 to enshrine white supremacy as state law. The racist language remains in the document today even though courts have long since struck down legalized segregation.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A historically black university in Alabama has renamed a dormitory that honored a one-time governor who also led the Ku Klux Klan about a century ago. 

Workers at Alabama State University removed the name “Bibb Graves” from a residence hall Wednesday. The building had carried Graves' name since 1928, when he served as the head of a state government that constitutionally mandated white supremacy.


FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city has taken a step to remove a Confederate monument following weeks of pressure. 

The Florence City Council voted Tuesday to ask the state for permission to move the memorial from outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse. A state waiver is required because of a law that imposes a $25,000 fine for disturbing such memorials.


SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor in Alabama says two white officers brutally beat a Black man five months ago after the victim got into a road-rage incident with the wife of one of the officers. 

The charges against former Selma police officer Matthew Blaine Till and former Dallas County sheriff’s Deputy John Nicholas Taccone were announced at a news conference Wednesday.


MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) — A state university in Alabama is renaming two buildings that honor former governors who supported white supremacy. 

News outlets report that trustees from the University of Montevallo voted Tuesday to strip the names of Braxton Bragg Comer and Bibb Graves off academic buildings on campus. Both men served in the early part of the 1900s.


ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city has removed a 115-year-old Confederate monument following a vote by city leaders. 

Workers with the city of Anniston removed the stone obelisk from the grassy median of a busy avenue late Sunday. The City Council voted earlier this month to take down the monument to Confederate artillery officer John Pelham. The memorial was erected in 1905. Leaders say it will be taken to a Confederate history park.

Alabama archives
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Leaders in Alabama are confronting the legacy of what might be the grandest Confederate memorial of all: the state's Department of Archives and History.

Founded in 1901, the agency became a vast repository of Confederate records and artifacts. 

During the current national reckoning over race, its current leaders acknowledged the department once played a role in systemic racism by promoting “lost cause” narrative of Civil War history that was favored by some whites and all but excluding Blacks.

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MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) — An Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and was shot to death by police in Texas is being buried in his home state of Alabama on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. 

Relatives of Damian Daniels gathered at Alabama National Cemetery on Friday to honor the 30-year-old man.

BLM march


TUSCALOOSA, AL- Last Monday, the University of Alabama football team showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

They marched united from the Mal Moore Athletic Complex to Foster Auditorium led by head coach Nick Saban.

Both Saban and Alabama running back Najee Harris spoke after the march.

Without delay, some people flocked to social media expressing their disapproval of Saban’s actions.

On Wednesday during a post-practice press conference, Saban was asked about those comments.


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a man seen brandishing a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters in Alabama was arrested and accused of being drunk. 

Scott Christopher Davis was charged Sunday with public intoxication and possession of a firearm. Huntsville police were called to the protest near Courthouse Square Sunday evening on reports of a man harassing protesters.

Nick Saban BLM march
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban led dozens of his football players and other athletes on a march to protest social injustice and recent incidents of police brutality against Black men and women. 

The group marched the short distance on the school's campus Monday from the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium, where segregationist Gov. George Wallace stood at the door in 1963 trying to block the entry of two Black students.

Barry Moore
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Republican congressional nominee is facing criticism for a social media post, which he later deleted, of a meme that appeared to support a teenager charged with  killing two people during protests in Wisconsin. 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, with players around the league choosing to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice. 

Called off: Games between Milwaukee and Orlando, Houston and Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when.


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.

Confederate flag Talladega
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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.