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Alabama Voting Districts Need Review, Supreme Court Says

Alabama Voting Districts Need Review, Supreme Court Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday said a lower court must take another look at whether Alabama’s Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state’s voting districts in a way that Black leaders say limited minority voting power.  The justices split 5-4 across ideological lines in ruling that a three-judge [...]
Where is the Commitment to Kids in Mississippi?It is time out for bait-and-switch tactics at the Mississippi state Capitol when it comes to our children. A vote for tax cuts of any kind is one against public education and children in this cash-strapped state and Mississippi’s legislators know it. Don’t be fooled: The intentions of Mississippi’s political leadership are clear. They do [...]
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“My mom was a teen parent,” says Kameisha Smith, a 20-year-old from Lexington, Mississippi. “When she gave birth to me, she was 17 years old, still in high school and had no experience in parenting.” Raised by her mom, a single parent who struggled to care for her family, Kameisha has not had an easy [...]
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Selma’s ‘Backwards March’ Ensures That the Legacy LivesAt the 50th commemoration of Selma, it was ordinary people, who do extraordinary things, at the lead and center of the tens of thousands of people gathered to march across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. As rumors and misinformation fly around the Internet about what happened in Selma this weekend, Project South and our Southern Movement [...]
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Voices From the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 2015SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A group of about 100 people set out Monday to retrace the historic steps taken 50 years ago, when demonstrators pushing for equal voting rights marched from Selma, Alabama, to the state Capitol in Montgomery. Back then, it was their third attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. During [...]
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On this day, when Carlos Lopez’s voice is heard over the phone, he is in Dade City, a municipality with a population of about 6,000 people. It’s located in Pasco County, about 40 miles from the Tampa Bay area. Carlos goes by “Eddie.” “It’s so hot here,” he says, “and humid.” Eddie, 22, is no [...]
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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Those Who MarchedGracious God, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the 600 strong, the men and women who, as one in your Spirit, marched for freedom on Bloody Sunday. Their way of courage and non-violence remains alive and inspires us to follow them. In our mind’s eye, as we remember their witness, guide us in their [...]
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Pettus Bridge in Selma Needs New Name, Students SaySELMA, Ala. (AP) — When the nation’s first Black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he’ll be standing on a structure that’s at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader. The latter fact had all [...]
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Selma: Experienced as a Child, Remembered as an AdultIt 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 [...]
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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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