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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 31 Jan-4 Feb & Bonus Material

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  • Amos J Wright
    NOTE: Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the
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      Alabama History/Culture in the News: USE THIS ONE & Bonus Material


      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the time I send this email. Many of the articles listed are printed in other Alabama newspapers; in general, I do not attempt to list all appearances of an article. Some dates given are those when the item was posted to the newspaper or magazine web site. Some items are listed without links because I could not find online versions.

      Feel free to forward this email as desired....


      Additional articles can often be found at Google, Topix or Yahoo news sites:




      Please note that many articles continue beyond the single web page I have linked here. Web sites related to some articles often appear in the "Bonus Material" section.





      **Discovering Alabama // Alabama Public Television
      Next Epsiode: #168  Nature and the Arts
      Sat, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.
      Dr. Doug Phillips takes viewers on a quest to explore nature in art and the art in nature. Against the backdrop of Alabama ’s diverse native landscapes and natural beauty, the program visits with several Alabama artists of different modalities, from the performing arts, to the literary arts, to photography, as they transform and convey the marvels of nature through their creations. Interviews with the artists provide added perspective on the creative skills and personal insights of these gifted Alabamians.

      **Pinson Valley High to show off new fine arts wing at 2009 Thespian Festival [Feb. 7-8]
      Birmingham News 4 February 2009

      ** Mountain Brook , Alabama library salutes architect Frank Lloyd Wright with trip [Feb. 10]
      [To visit Wright’s Rosenbaum house in Florence ]

      Birmingham News 4 February 2009

      ** Trussville , Alabama historical fair, film festival scheduled [Feb. 21; Feb. 28-Mar. 1]
      Birmingham News 4 February 2009


      ** Mobile to build new park celebrating civil rights era [in Mobile ]
      Mobile Press-Register 4 February 2009

      **Former Hoover High band director Pat Morrow joins Alabama Music Educators Association’s Hall of Fame
      Birmingham News 4 February 2009

      1913 Feb. 4- Rosa Louise McCauley is born in Tuskegee , Alabama . In 1932,

                she will marry Raymond Parks. She will work at a number of

                jobs, ranging from domestic worker to hospital aide. At her

                husband's urging, she will finish high school studies in 1933,

                at a time when less than 7% of African Americans had a high

                school diploma. Despite the Jim Crow laws that made political

                participation by Black people difficult, she will succeed in

                registering to vote on her third try. In December 1943, she

                will become active in the Civil Rights Movement, joining the

                Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. When the seamstress and

                NAACP member refuses to yield her seat to a white man on a

                Montgomery , Alabama bus on December 1, 1955, her actions will

                spark a 382-day boycott of the buses in Montgomery , halting

                business and services in the city and become the initial act

                of non-violent disobedience of the American Civil Rights

                movement. She will be honored with the NAACP's Spingarn Medal

                for her heroism and later work with Detroit youth(1979) and

                be called the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." She will

                join the ancestors on October 24, 2005. The United States

                Senate will pass a resolution on October 27, 2005 to honor

                Mother Parks by allowing her body to lie in honor in the U.S.

                Capitol Rotunda. The House of Representatives approved the

                resolution on October 28. Since the founding of the practice

                of lying in state in the Rotunda in 1852, She will be the

                31st person, the first woman, the first American who had not

                been a U.S. government official, and the second non-

                government official (after Frenchman Pierre L'Enfant). On

                October 30, 2005 President George W. Bush will issue a

                Proclamation ordering that all flags on U.S. public areas

                both within the country and abroad be flown at half-staff on

                the day of her funeral. On February 5, 2006, at Super Bowl XL,

                played at Detroit 's Ford Field, the late Coretta Scott King

                and Mother Parks, who had been a long-time resident of "The

                Motor City ", will be remembered and honored by a moment of



      1947 Feb. 4- Sanford Bishop is born in Mobile , Alabama .  He will graduate

                from Morehouse College and Emory University Law School .  He

                will specialize in civil rights law and will become a member

                of the Georgia Legislature from 1977 to 1993 (House and

                Senate). In 1993, he will be elected a member of the United
                States House of Representatives from Georgia .
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **1861 Feb. 4: At Montgomery , Alabama , the Confederate States are organized.
      FROM: Poor Gabriel’s Almanac poorgabriel@...

      **Riley wants Bryce sale final within two years
      Tuscaloosa News 4 February 2009

      ** Alabama Voices: Pintlala unjustly penalized
      [ Pintlala Elementary School , built in 1923, is scheduled to close.]
      Montgomery Advertiser 3 February 2009

      **Book by local historian [Mike Goodson] compares Etowah County : Then and Now
      Gadsden Messenger 3 February 2009

      ** Detention Center dedicated to late Sheriff James Hayes
      Gadsden Messenger 3 February 2009

      **This Week in Alabama History
      Gadsden Messenger 3 February 2009

      **Yesterday’s News [in Mobile in 1859, 1909, etc.]
      February 4: http://tinyurl.com/aqe8wa
      February 3: http://tinyurl.com/cqcqk4
      Mobile Press-Register

      **100 years on the farm [Ed Baker, as he turns 100]
      Shelby County Reporter 2 February 2009

      **Looking back [50 years ago this week, etc.]
      Tuscaloosa News 2 February 2009


      **One-woman barbershop is still a fixture in Irondale , Alabama
      [Mary Rodda, 80, opened the shop in 1982.]
      Birmingham News 4 February 2009

      **Cookbook brings a Carnival flair
      Yummy dishes aboutn in Treasures of the Isle krewe’s “Cooking with Style”
      Mobile Press-Register 4 February 2009

      Theater review: “Gee’s Bend ” crafts civil-rights history through everyday life

      [Play by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder]
      Seattle Times 3 February 2009

      ** Fredonia , Alabama residents try to save town left for dead
      Birmingham News 3 February 2009

      ** Homewood , Alabama teen to compete in Ireland step-dance championship
      Birmingham News 3 February 2009

      **Montgomery Ballet productions feature artistic vision
      Montgomery Advertiser 3 February 2009

      **’Move’ showcases work by ASMS grad [Chandler Fulton Pritchett]
      Mobile Press-Register 2 February 2009

      **”George pens theology book:
      Christian George, a graduate of Samford University and the Beeson Divinity School , has written a new book on theology called "God-ol-ogy: Because Knowing God Changes Everything." The paperback is available from Moody Publishers for $13.99. George, son of Beeson Dean Timothy George, previously wrote "Sex, Sushi & Salvation: Thoughts on Intimacy, Community, and Eternity," also published by Moody. For more information, see his Web site, www.christiangeorge.com
      Birmingham News 31 January 2009

      **Doctor writes book on death penalty:
      “Dr. Robert Baldwin, a retired Birmingham physician who has written a book opposing the death penalty, "Life and Death Matters," will be signing copies of the book at the Alabama Booksmith, today at 2 p.m.Baldwin, who has a ministry to Death Row, writes in the book about how his views on the death penalty evolved. The book, published by New South Books, is $24.95.”
      Birmingham News 31 January 2009


      ** Alabama native [Millard] Fuller, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity [has died.]
      Montgomery Advertiser 4 February 2009

      Guy Hunt, an Acclaimed but Ousted Governor of Alabama , Is Dead at 75
      New York Times 1 February 2009


      **Shelf Life: New Books Penned by Faculty and Staff
      UAB Magazine winter 2009


      ** Alabama History Community Calendar


      ** Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies & Records Repositories

      ** Alabama Historical Association Marker Index

      ** Alabama History Resources on the Internet

      ** Birmingham Rewound

      **Project to Document the Birmingham District
      [Includes the BhamWiki and the Magic City Flickr group]

      **activeculture.info [cultural events calendar for central Alabama ]

      **activeculture.info History Events

      **activeculture.info Literature Events

      **alabamahistory related links

      alabamahistory archives at Yahoo:


      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
      Associate Professor
      Director, History of Anesthesia Section 

      Department of Anesthesiology Library
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      619 19th Street South , JT965
      Birmingham AL 35249-6810
      (205) 975-0158
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