Alabama History/Culture in the News: 9-20 March & Bonus Links
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Listings for 2003 are being archived at http://www.anes.uab.edu/alahistnews2.htm
Listings for July-December 2002 are at http://www.anes.uab.edu/alahistnews.htm
Material in brackets are my additions.
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**Robert Shelton, Leader of Big Klan Faction, Dies at 73
New York Times 20 March 2003 [requires free registration for access]
**Renown[ed] Northport Klansman, 73, dies
Imperial wizard held headquarters in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa News 19 March 2003
**Clay House [Museum] to offer 3 series of lectures and afternoon teas
[Includes Author Nancy Rohr who will discuss her book "An Alabama School Girl in Paris 1842, The Letters of Mary Fenwick Lewis and Family" at the March 24 lecture. ]
Huntsville Times 19 March 2003
**Volkert gets archictectural duties of Barton renovation
Mobile Register 19 March 2003
**Hollon book signing planned for Saturday
Mobile Register 19 March 2003
**Mail fascination brings past to life http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1048024906161180.xml
Huntsville Times 18 March 2003
**2000 March 20- Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap
Brown, is captured in Alabama. He was wanted in the fatal
shooting of a sheriff's deputy in Atlanta, Georgia. Al-Amin will
maintain his innocence.
1941 March 18- Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Alabama. He will become
Rhythm & Blues singer and will begin his career as the lead
tenor with The Falcons ("I Found a Love" - 1962). He will
become a solo artist and release the hits, "Funky Broadway,"
"In the Midnight Hour," "Land of 1000 Dances," "Mustang Sally,"
"It's Too Late," and "Don't Knock My Love." He will be inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
**1919 March 17- Nathaniel Adams Coles is born in Montgomery, Alabama. Better
known as Nat "King" Cole, he will start his musical career in
a band with his brother Eddie and in a production of "Shuffle
Along." Leader of the King Cole Trio, he will achieve
international acclaim as a jazz pianist before becoming an
even more popular balladeer known for such songs as "Mona
Lisa," "The Christmas Song" and "Unforgettable." Cole will
also have the distinction of being the first African American
to host a network television variety show (1956-1957), a pioneer
in breaking down racial barriers in Las Vegas, and a founding
member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences,
which will honor him with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy
**1956 March 16- Ozzie Newsome is born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He will become
a stand-out football player for the University of Alabama, and
the first African American star athlete for a major school in
the south. Newsome will be drafted by the Cleveland Browns
and start 176 out of 182 games in 13 years. He will be the
all-time leading receiver in Cleveland history and the all-
time receiver among tight ends in the NFL. Newsome will be
fourth among receivers in NFL history with a record of 662
catches. He will earn three trips to the Pro Bowl and will
be named to the All-NFL Teams of the '80's. Newsome will
remain with the Cleveland Browns in an administrative
position after his retirement. In 1994 he will be inducted
into the College Football Hall of Fame and in 1999 to the Pro
Football Hall of Fame.
1956 March 16- Former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, makes his debut as a pro
wrestler. He knocks out 320-pound cowboy Rocky Lee. Jersey Joe
Walcott, the referee, is another former heavyweight champ.
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**Irish roots run deep in metro area
Birmingham News 17 March 2003
**Not much is Irish here [in Dublin, Ala.]
Mobile Register 17 March 2003
**Author McWhorter to speak in Tuscaloosa
Birmingham News 16 March 2003
**1899 March 18- A tornado, rated F4, killed 12 people and injured 30 on a 17 mile
track through Calhoun and Cleburne counties in Alabama.
1990 March 17- Torrential rains cause catastrophic flooding across the
southeastern U.S. 22 people died, including 13 in Alabama. 16 inches of rain
reported across southern Alabama. Mobile 10.63 inches in 24 hours. Elba AL
flooded with more 6-12 feet of water, which caused $25 million in damage.
Alabama flood damage totaled $100 million. 26 Alabama counties declared
1990 March 16- 7.75 inches of rain in Montgomery AL.
1993 March 14- Storm of the Century roars up the East Coast. Record low
temperatures left in its wake from Texas to Florida to the Great Lakes.
record cold followed in the wake of the "Blizzard of '93" over the eastern
US with 57 daily record low temperatures broken. Birmingham, Alabama plunged
to 2 degrees, by far breaking its previous march record low of 11 degrees.
Orlando, Florida recorded 33 degrees to smash its old daily record low by 9
degrees. It was also the coldest temperature ever recorded for so late in
FROM: The Weather Notebook
**Athens blacksmith, whose work adorns the gate of London's Globe Theater, is forging a future
A coal-fired forge blasts raging orange-red flames up to 2,600 degrees, while Kevlar gloves on steady hands protect the artisan from searing his or her flesh. After placing the glowing steel against an anvil, it's hammered into shape. Showers of sparks scatter everywhere; some dissipate quickly, others linger on the floor before giving up their short but fiery existence.
The cooling process, as the metal is dunked into a vat of water, followed by billows of steam and a bubbly hiss, provides another sensory memento: This stuff can hurt you.
But for blacksmiths like Travis Fleming of Athens, the labor is a pleasure. The bending of heated metal is a creative outlet.
Decatur Daily 16 March 2003
**Authors on tour [some Alabama]
Birmingham News 14 March 2003
**UAH professor has charming tales of 'Adventure in Kenya'
Writer is historian, academic, scientist, raconteur and tourist
Huntsville Times 9 March 2003
**Book signings [by Alabama authors]
Mobile Register 9 March 2003
** Title: Deep South Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships
Description: Up to 5 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships
for students attending a college or university in the Deep
South (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee)
are available for the Summer 2003. The fellowship awards $1500
to the student recipient and $500 to the student's mentor. Rese
Announcement ID: 132819
Title: Deep South Doctoral Dissertation Summer Research
Description: The Deep South Regional Humanities Center at Tulane
University announces the availability of up to 2 Doctoral
Dissertation Summer Research Fellowships for candidates doing
research on the Deep South in the humanities. The Deep South
has been designated by the National Endowment for the
Humanities a ...
Announcement ID: 132821
**Call For Papers, 2003 SAMLA Convention
Society for the Study of Southern Literature Panel
"Intersections of Race and Region: African American and Southern Literary=
When African American works are taught in the Southern literature classro=
om, should race or region be foregrounded? Or do the two intertwine to t=
he extent that one cannot be extracted from the other? Should African Am=
erican texts be read strictly through the lens of the African American li=
terary tradition? What happens when we view them as part of a Southern l=
iterary tradition: does such a view speak to the debt Southern literature=
owes to African American authors or does it merely articulate a politics=
of appropriation? =20
Send 250-word abstracts to Leslie Walker, Department of English, Universi=
ty of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 by March 31.
**Reviewed for H-South by David L. Carlton
Paul M. Gaston. _The New South Creed: A Study in Southern
Mythmaking_. Montgomery, Ala.: NewSouth Books, 2002. 307 pp.
$19.95 (paper), ISBN 1-58838-053-X.
** Reviewed for H-South by Elizabeth Dale
Bailey Thomson, ed. _A Century of Controversy: Constitutional
Reform in Alabama_. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press,
2002. x + 187 pp. $24.95 (paperback), ISBN 0-8173-1218-8.
**ROSA PARKS: NO LOVE FOR THE HIP-HOP GENERATION
jimi izrael, AlterNet
Our civil rights freedom fighters hung up their gloves too quick, leaving
a nation of hip-hoppers flailing at enemies unknown.
A.J. Wright, MLS
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia
Dept of Anesthesiology/Library
School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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