What follows is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader. At the time, King was being held in a Birmingham, Alabama jail after being arrested for a planned non-violent protest by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This letter should be required reading for all to have more of an understanding of this nation’s history, and perhaps what we can do to move forward.… [Read more]
The Scottsboro Boys were nine Afican-American teenagers who were accused in 1931 of the rape of a white woman in Alabama. The legal case that resulted included a frame-up, attempts at lynching by an angry mob, and an all-white jury. The case still stands as one of America’s worst examples of racism, systemic abuses and the overall miscarriage of justice. … [Read more]
I spent most of last week in Alabama, my home state. And I think, somewhere along the way, I began a love affair with it.
As y’all know, I’m hard on the South, particularly because I grew up in Alabama and, because, in a way, I guess I grew out of Alabama. As I write this now, I understand that in the process, I lost some appreciation for what Alabama has meant to me.… [Read more]