“With revitalized neighborhoods and a ramped-up food culture, Alabama’s largest city boldly returns to the stage and sings to a bigger audience.” ~ From the Washington Post article titled – You’re Going Where? Birmingham
A Bham Now Special: Photographer Larry O. Gay, beautifully captures the moments around the Birmingham Civil Rights District (now the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument!) this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend – January 15-16, 2017.
Yesterday, President Obama, through a proclamation under the Antiquities Act, established the Birmingham Civil Rights and Freedom Riders National Monuments.
Bham Now has compiled a list of links from television, radio and newspaper stories that have been published online in the past 12 hours. With the help of photographer Larry Gay, we’ve also created a special photo gallery.
First – the photo gallery.
Birmingham Civil Rights & Freedom Riders National Monuments Established By President Obama
From the front page of Freedomriderspark.org
As one of the last acts of his presidency, President Obama today proclaimed two places in Alabama as National Monuments, establishing the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and the Anniston Freedom Riders National Monument.
On December 19th, 1871 – 145 years ago – the city of Birmingham was incorporated by the state of Alabama.
In 1925, the Birmingham City Commission officially adopted December 19th as Birmingham Day.
A petition supporting the establishment of a Birmingham Civil Rights National Park topped 10,000 signatures nationwide this week.
Last week, the petition and the National Park proposal gained momentum as a result of a visit and public hearing held by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to consider designating places around the Birmingham’s Civil Rights District a National Park.
- Read about Freedom Rider Charles Person and his remarkable story – here.
Support for the proposed Freedom Riders National Park in Anniston received a big boost today in the opinion section of al.com with an essay by prominent National Park advocate and conservationist Frank Peterman.