Below – excerpts from the speech today by Hank Thomas, Freedom Rider and survivor of the Anniston Bus Burning.
The speech was given after a tour of the proposed Freedom Riders Park. The tour was part of a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell who later held a public hearing in downtown Anniston to consider a proposal to designate sites around Anniston as a National Park.
Jay Brandrup was slated as the first of several speakers in Bham Now’s Bold Speaker Series, sponsored by EBSCO. Last Tuesday, he got the series kick-started as he talked about his company Kinetic Communications.
A good friend of mine once described the Magic City Classic as the world’s largest “family reunion.”
For this year’s 75th Anniversary that means an anticipated crowd of 100,000 people attending pre and post game events and of course the big game between Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University.
This week in Alabama, two prominent places in U.S. history will be a step closer to becoming National Parks.
On Thursday, October 27th, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell will be conducting two public hearings to consider designating both Freedom Riders Park in Anniston and the Birmingham Civil Rights District as National Parks.
Our top story today and for the coming week is the announcement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting Anniston and Birmingham to hold public hearings on whether to recommend to President Obama several civil rights sites for National Monument designations.
In Birmingham, the proposed park would include landmark sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, where in September 1963, four little girls were murdered by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan. Also included in the proposal, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which houses archives and exhibits documenting the events of the city’s past, and various other historic sites within the civil rights district.
In Anniston, the proposed National Monument designation will focus on sites where the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders in 1961 were ambushed in downtown Anniston, and outside town where there was an attack on the Freedom Riders and the bus burning that shook a nation took place.
Stop by Black Warrior Brewing Company in downtown Tuscaloosa on October 20th between 4:00pm to 10:00pm for some great beer and learn how you can help improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation.
Twenty percent of all beer sold that night will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation.