Tag:  Alabama

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Generation Y

UA president urges inclusion in fraternities

Universtiy of Alabama President Judy Bonner, left center, talks with student Khortlan Patterson, 19, of Houston, Tex., after about 400 students and faculty members marched on the Rose Administration Building to protest the university’s segregated sorority system on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama officials say school president, Judy Bonner, has asked fraternity leaders to make their chapters more inclusive following allegations of racism influencing the rush process in campus sororities.

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Generation Y

At U of Ala., leaders tread lightly on segregation

In this Sept. 18, 2013, photo, University of Alabama President Judy Bonner, right, shakes hands with student Isaac Bell of Montgomery, Ala., following a march by faculty and students. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) by Jay ReevesAssociated Press Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — From the governor to a U.S. attorney, state and other leaders say they want to move past failed efforts and find to way to permanently end racial segregation in the University of Alabama’s Greek system. But for now they’re treading lightly in forcing change on sorority row.

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Entertainment

Phylicia Rashad takes on directing role

In this May 2, 2002, file photo, Phylicia Rashad, left, and Keshia Knight Pulliam from the “Cosby Show” arrive at NBC’s 75th anniversary celebration at New York’s Rockefeller Center. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File) by Stacey Anderson WASHINGTON (AP) — Phylicia Rashad is best known for starring roles on stage and television, but as a director she’ll commemorate a historic moment that helped spur the civil rights movement.

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National

Alabama church marks 50th anniversary of bombing

Rev. Julius Scruggs, second from left, leads people in prayer during a wreath laying ceremony at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Rev. Jesse Jackson is fourth from left. U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., is at left. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager) by Jay ReevesAssociated Press Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of people Black and White, many holding hands, filled an Alabama church that was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years ago Sunday to mark the anniversary of the blast that killed four little girls and became a landmark moment in the civil rights struggle.

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National

Lone Klansman survives Birmingham church bombing cases

In this May 1, 2001 file photo, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies lead Thomas Blanton Jr., out of the courtroom in handcuffs after a jury convicted him of murder in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) by Jat ReevesAssociated Press Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The last surviving Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four Black girls 50 years ago spends nearly all his time in a one-person prison cell, apparently too wary of other inmates to venture out.

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People

Alabama Democratic senator says no apology

VIVIAN DAVIS FIGURES MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – State Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures says she won’t apologize for her remarks about Republican candidates. The Democratic senator from Mobile said Thursday that she stands by her statements and there is nothing that warrants an apology.

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People

Stillman names Derrick Yates director of bands

DERRICK K. YATES Professor Derrick K. Yates has been selected to serve as Director of Bands at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He previously served as Interim Director of Bands at Alabama A&M University, where he conducted a 250-member award-winning Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble and Pep Band for twelve years.

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National

States promise quick action on election laws

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accompanied by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus express disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision on Shelby County v. Holder that invalidates Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, June 25, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lewis, a prominent activist in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, recalled being attacked and beaten trying to help people in Mississippi to register and vote in the 1960’s. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Bill Barrow ATLANTA (AP) — Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington’s permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination.

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National

How MLK became an angry Black man

FREE AT LAST–Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy (background) leave Birmingham City Jail following their release on April 20, 1963, after eight days of imprisonment. (AP Photo) by John Blake (CNN) — By the time Clarence Jones reached him, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was in bad shape.