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Selma: Experienced as a Child, Remembered as an Adult

Selma: Experienced as a Child, Remembered as an Adult

It was New Year’s Day, January 1, 1966. My older sister, several of my younger siblings, a cousin and I had attended the annual Elmore County Emancipation Proclamation Celebration (the observance of Abraham Lincoln’s signing the proclamation freeing Blacks from slavery). The guest speaker for this occasion was a Birmingham civil rights preacher, Rev. Jesse [...]
As a child in San Francisco, Jessica Inson remembers many late nights in which she did not see her mother. Jessica’s mother was a single parent of two kids living in one of America’s most expensive cities. The family’s life was not easy. “She worked a lot of really late nights,” Jessica recalls. She and her [...]
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Too Small to FailLong bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund [...]
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Gays Creek, Kentucky, is no booming metropolis. In fact, it isn’t even an official town. It’s an unincorporated community in Perry County, in the heart of Appalachia. The nearest town and county seat, Hazard, is about 20 minutes northeast by automobile. This remote area of Kentucky perpetually loses its most promising young people to greater [...]
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A New Focus for Immigration: Still Prepare for ReformNews of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to temporarily stop President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms surfaced, at least on a large scale, late on Monday evening. By Tuesday, immigrant families and grassroots advocates were making sure their voices had entered, yet again, the national debate on efforts to reform a system that people acknowledge is [...]
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“What am I doing?” Twenty-six-year-old Sean Gregory remembers how powerfully this question ran through his mind one day in August 2010. “I had dropped out of high school a couple years earlier,” Sean recalls. “I got a job at a movie theater and a couple other places to pay rent.” Later, he worked with the [...]
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In Tennessee, Pregnant Women Flee Because of the LawThe godmother of NAS research is Dr. Loretta Finnegan, a scarlet-haired, Catholic-raised mother of five who looks like she walked off the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and into a Philadelphia neonatal ward. Finnegan coined the term “neonatal abstinence syndrome” in the 1970s; the Finnegan score for measuring symptoms of NAS, the medical name [...]
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A Tennessee Law Makes Motherhood a CrimeAt around midnight on Nov. 13, 2014, Tonya Martin slipped out into the yard that separated her trailer from the one in which her grandparents live on a lot in the eastern hills of Tennessee. Just two months earlier, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department arrested Martin after she gave birth to a son. Her crime: [...]
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Special Series: A Chicagoan Energizes Her CommunityGrowing up was tough for Chicago resident Yahtzeni Gonzalez-Jimenez. Born in a small village in Mexico, Yahtzeni remembers suffering at the hands of an abusive father, who battered her, her brother and her mother. When he threatened to kill them all, they fled Mexico and ended up in Illinois. Growing up on the southwest side [...]
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Q&A: On Marissa Alexander’s Release and Race and GenderWhen news broke on Jan. 27 that Marissa Alexander, the Black mom who supporters say was unjustly imprisoned for defending herself from abuse, had been released, there was elation among grassroots advocates but to an extent. Since her release, the Florida resident has talked about the joy of being reunited with her children. In 2010, [...]
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