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Mayor seeks to name street for famed civil rights lawyer

Dec 3, 2020

Civil rights attorney Fred Gray might become the new namesake of a street in Montgomery.

Mayor Steven Reed wants to change the name of West Jeff Davis Avenue to Fred D. Gray Avenue to honor the man who represented Rosa Parks and was legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. 

Gray won multiple court victories throughout the Civil Rights Era.

Alabama observes Rosa Parks Day

Dec 1, 2020
Stan Ingold


Today marks a moment in Alabama civil rights history. It was on this date in 1955 when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white man. The state observes today as Rosa Parks day. The civil rights icon received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton in 1996. The U.S. Postal  Service honored Parks with a stamp on what would have been her one 100th birthday.

The city of Montgomery is also home to the Rosa Parks Museum. Assistant director Donna Beisel says Parks made the Civil Rights Movement possible.            

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The house of civil rights icon Rosa Parks is now on display—in Italy.

After a journey spanning two continents and three countries, Parks’ Detroit home is now on public display at the Royal Palace in Naples.

Parks, who was from Montgomery, Alabama, sought refuge in the run-down, paint-chipped Detroit house after the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger sparked the boycott, one of the most important civil rights demonstrations in American history.

 

A handwritten letter written by Rosa Parks recalling Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in the civil rights movement is on sale for $54,000. 

The letter, dated Oct. 6, 1981, was sent to a Mr. Kessler more than a decade after King’s assassination. In the letter, Parks writes that she admires and respects King, and calls him a great man committed to freedom and equality for oppressed people.

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DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a dispute over a coat that belonged to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

The court rejected an appeal Monday. A lawyer for the trustee of Parks' estate says relatives reneged on a deal to turn over a wool coat that Parks wore when she was arrested on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955. But a niece insists she doesn't have the coat.

Steven Cohen turned to the Supreme Court after exhausting appeals in Michigan courts. Despite the loss, he predicts the "controversy will continue."

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have voted to place statues of Rosa Parks and Helen Keller on the grounds of the state Capitol.

State senators on Tuesday voted 29-0 for the bill. The legislation now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature.

The bill by Rep. Laura Hall creates a Women's Tribute Statue Commission to fund, commission and place statues of Parks and Keller on the Capitol grounds.

Alabama is marking its first Rosa Parks Day. Alabama lawmakers earlier 

this year voted to designate December first as a day to honor the civil rights icon.

Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery on Dececember first, 1955.

Her action ignited the yearlong Montgomery bus boycott and helped usher in the civil rights movement.

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Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. 

and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered in a courthouse box.

Archivists at Alabama State University are cataloguing and flattening dozens of documents found at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord hopes electronic versions will be available for viewing as early as late June.

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This Wednesday marks fifty years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. All month long, the APR news team is examining Dr. King’s work in Alabama and his impact here. The civil rights leader inspired his supporters with the Montgomery bus boycott, his letter from the Birmingham Jail, and by leading voting rights marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. APR’s Pat Duggins reports on one witness to Dr. King’s earliest work in the civil rights movement, and the place where the two men met...

"We remember Dr. King, too." An audio postcard from West Africa

Apr 1, 2018

This Wednesday marks fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Throughout March, the APR news team is reporting on King’s work and impact here in Alabama. The event is being remembered in the United States, but not just in the U.S. Alabama Public Radio participated in a visiting journalist program last year with the West African nation of Mali. That’s where the APR news team met Ousmane Sagara. His home country has its own relationship with Dr. King. We invited Sagara to file this report from Mali’s capitol city.

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  2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of a number of key moments in the fight for civil rights. Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold recently began a trek to several spots around the state that are linked to the civil rights struggle. Visitors from around the world are coming to these sites as tourists. Stan recently took us to Selma and this time we look at Montgomery where to voting rights march took place.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in Alabama today to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott. 

Clinton stood in the pulpit where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the boycott, saying the U.S. is still plagued by injustices such as mass incarceration, an epidemic of gun violence and attempts to roll back voting rights.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Alabama today to mark the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Clinton will be speaking at 11 a.m. this morning at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery. The church was pastored by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the boycott.

Clinton’s speech falls on the anniversary of Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger on December 1, 1955. Her arrest sparked a 381-day boycott of Montgomery buses to protest segregated seating.

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The life-size bronze sculpture of Rosa Parks has received a makeover.

With the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott on Tuesday, sculptor Erik Blome recently returned to touch up the sculpture 15 years after the statue was placed in the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery. The sculpture was touched up after wearing down and losing some color from constant touching and interaction.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Blome touched up the sculpture Nov. 19. The sculpture depicts Parks sitting on a bus seat, hands settled on a purse in her lap.

The Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill granting legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to marry same-sex couples.

Representatives approved that measure by a 69-25 vote yesterday. It will now head to the Senate.

Republican Representative Jim Hill proposed the bill after getting calls from ministers and judges concerned that they would be required to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples if and when gay marriage is restored in Alabama..

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A lawyer says the purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is $4.5 million.

The sale was made to a foundation run by Howard G. Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Howard Buffett confirmed the purchase Thursday but declined to disclose the price. Lawrence Pepper, a lawyer for Parks' heirs, told The Associated Press it was $4.5 million, with 12.5 percent going to an auction house.

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One day after a monument to civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, a resolution was introduced in the Alabama House for a similar monument to be placed at the state Capitol in Montgomery.

The resolution was introduced Thursday by Democratic Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery. Parks helped spark the Civil Rights Movement when she was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man.

Holmes' resolution says Parks was a source of pride for Alabama residents.

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Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.

A 96-foot by 40-foot wall is covered in chalkboard paint and has space for people to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to..."

Montgomery's director of development, Chad Emerson, told the Montgomery Advertiser that citizens came up with the idea and volunteers did the work.