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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 12-17 March & 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 17, 2009
      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....

      WARNING: Many articles on newspaper and magazine web sites are accompanied by nasty, anonymous commentary about individuals and subjects in the posted articles. Some articles in these listings will unfortunately include such commentary.


      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.



      Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey will present Tuskegee University 's 14th annual Ralph Ellison Lecture. Titled "Historical Memory, Erasure and Amnesia, and Native Guard," the lecture will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday [March 18], in the Kellogg Conference Center auditorium. [Trethewey once taught at AU.]
      Birmingham News 15 March 2009

      ** Mobile ’s historic homes tour is March 20-21
      Mobile Press-Register 14 March 2009

      **African-American quilts to be on display
      Montgomery Advertiser 16 March 2009

      The UAB History Department's Colloquium Series will present a lecture by the award-winning writer and historian Robert J. Norrell, author of the biography "Up From History: The Life of Booker T. Washington." Norrell will discuss the book at 3:30 p.m. on April 8 in Heritage Hall, Room 102, 1401 University Blvd.
      Birmingham News 15 March 2009


      **Woodlawn High’s huge 1930s mural regaining its luster
      Birmingham News blog 17 March 2009

      1919 March 17: Nat King Cole, entertainer, father of Natalie [is born in Montgomery ]
      FROM: Poor Gabriel’s Almanac poorgabriel@...

      **Private school hits milestone [ Montgomery Academy 's 50th anniversary]
      Montgomery Advertiser 16 March 2009

      **Looking Back [50, 25, etc., years ago]
      Tuscaloosa News 16 March 2009

      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 in 1989. He will join the ancestors on

                February 15, 1965.

      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. He 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.
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **Yesterday’s News [in Mobile in 1859, 1909, etc.]
      March 16: http://tinyurl.com/cmtswf
      March 15: http://tinyurl.com/d4h7je
      March 14: http://tinyurl.com/dkx68r
      Mobile Press-Register

      **'The Queen' is alive in her native city [Dinah Washington , in Tuscaloosa ]
      Tuscaloosa News 15 March 2009

      **Journey through Gadsden , 1889, continues
      Gadsden Times 15 March 2009

      **Visiting students study civil rights [in Selma ]
      Montgomery Advertiser 15 March 2009

      **Spanish Fort veterans’ cemetery closer to approval
      Mobile Press-Register 14 March 2009


      **Cave 9 shuts down after lengthy struggle [all-ages music venue in Birmingham ]
      Mobile Press-Register 16 March 2009

      **Incentives bill will get more movies shot in Alabama , says Birmingham-Jefferson Film Office director Mark Stricklin
      Birmingham News 15 March 2009

      **Blues could mean big business [in Tuscaloosa , with Dinah Washington connection, etc.]
      Tuscaloosa News 15 March 2009

      **Lacey’s Spring artist [Dennis Minor] tapped for highest DU honor
      Huntsville Times 15 March 2009

      **Real estate agent goes above, beyond to move homes
      [ Hoover native Sam Joseph is featured on HGTV’s “Bought & Sold”]

      Birmingham News 14 March 2009, p5E

      **[Muscle Shoals music legend] Spooner Oldham
      Tuscaloosa News 13 March 2009

      **Author, artists sign ‘Sketchbook’ at gallery
      [Allison Puccetti Adams and 11 artists, Birmingham-Hoover Sketchbook]
      Birmingham News 13 March 2009, p6H

      **Aspiring country singer Carla Williams of Mobile sets her sights on stardom with the help of a Nashville label
      Mobile Press-Register blog 12 March 2009


      **At bluesman's funeral, the music said it all
      Willie King remembered for character, spirituality
      Tuscaloosa News 16 March 2009


      **[no items this issue]


      ** Alabama History Community Calendar

      **Traditional Cultural Events in Alabama

      **Literary Events in Alabama [via Alabama Writers Forum]


      ** 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

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      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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