Latest Rosa Parks News

Attorney recalls father’s role as prosecutor in Till case

Jan. 08, 2022 00:19 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Tupelo attorney Jak Smith has lived with the Emmett Till case his entire life. On Dec. 6, the Justice Department closed its investigation into the murder of 14-year-old Till at the hands of two white men, Rob Bryant and J.W. Milam, in August 1955 while visiting...

Four words guide Detroiter’s mission: ‘How can I help?’

Jan. 02, 2022 01:07 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — There is no denying that Alison Vaughn reflects the environment where she was raised. Vaughn’s voice — crisp, commanding and professional — conjures up memories of local groundbreaking TV news anchors in Detroit like Beverly Payne, Diana Lewis and Carmen...

Auburn project would highlight history of Black community

Dec. 25, 2021 13:02 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A new development project being planned in Auburn would highlight the history of the city's Black community, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. Auburn Parks and Recreation is working on plans for the Boykin-Donahue Campus, which would bring a cultural center,...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Dec. 22, 2021 16:00 PM EST

Dothan Eagle. December 21, 2021. Editorial: Lack of workers; plentiful work Ordinarily, a low unemployment rate is a positive sign, and Alabama’s 3.1% jobless rate in November, a full point and then some under the national figure, suggests a rosy forecast. ...

Judge clears 1955 court record of civil rights pioneer

Dec. 16, 2021 11:43 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has approved a request to wipe clean the court record of a Black woman who was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a segregated Alabama bus in 1955, months before Rosa Parks gained international fame for doing the same. A judge granted the...

Today in History

Dec. 01, 2021 00:05 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2021. There are 30 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln sent his Second Annual Message to Congress, in...

New memorial to depict Rosa Parks at spot of 1955 arrest

Nov. 30, 2021 13:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new memorial to Rosa Parks will depict the one-time Alabama seamstress near the spot where she was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955. The dedication of the monument will be held Wednesday on “Rosa Parks...

Montgomery faces fine, lawsuit for dropping Confederate name

Nov. 25, 2021 11:39 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital city last month removed the Confederate president's name from an avenue and renamed it after a lawyer known for his work during the civil rights movement. Now the state attorney general says the city must pay a fine or face a...

Homer Plessy, key to 'separate but equal,’ on road to pardon

Nov. 12, 2021 16:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana board on Friday voted to pardon Homer Plessy, whose decision to sit in a “whites-only" railroad car to protest discrimination led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1896 “separate but equal” ruling affirming state segregation laws. The...

Today in History

Oct. 31, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2021. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1961, the body of Josef Stalin was removed from Lenin’s Tomb...