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November 12, 2008 |
The Rev. Abraham Woods Jr., 80, a founder and longtime president of the Birmingham, Ala., chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Friday of complications of cancer at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham. In the spring of 1963, Woods led the first sit-in at a department store in Birmingham. Woods along with his brother, the Rev. Calvin Woods, and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Civil Rights. The clergymen also invited the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Birmingham to help push for an end to segregation and unfair employment practices.
July 19, 2001 |
Blacks singing civil rights anthems picketed a Birmingham courthouse to protest a judge's ruling that an ex-Ku Klux Klansman is mentally unfit to stand trial in the '63 church bombing that killed four black girls. Demonstration leaders said Alabama has executed six mentally retarded black men since 1989, yet 72-year-old Bobby Frank Cherry apparently will go free without answering murder charges in the blast at 16th Street Baptist Church.
July 27, 1990 |
Despite assurances that Shoal Creek Country Club, site of next month's PGA Championship, could soon include black members, tournament organizers remain fearful of demonstrations and continued advertising backlash. Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Richard Arrington, who is black, received a pledge from the club's board of governors that blacks would be actively recruited and possibly approved for membership within the year. Arrington pleaded Thursday with organizers of a planned protest to reconsider.
March 18, 1991
Jack Warren, 73, the deputy police chief whose arrest of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 led to King's famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail." Warren was a police captain in the Alabama city when he relayed the orders from then-Public Safety Commissioner Eugene (Bull) Conner for police to use fire hoses and attack dogs against civil rights marchers. Later, Warren personally arrested King and took him to the Birmingham Jail, where King wrote his letter that put new fire into the movement.
July 12, 1990 |
A radio station today suspended a talk-show host who banned black listeners from speaking on his show because a station employee's car was broken into and her purse stolen, allegedly by a black man. Berkley Fraser, manager of WERC-AM, went on the air with an apology and said Tim Lennox was being suspended indefinitely after this afternoon's show to give the station time to review the situation.
June 28, 1990 |
The founder of Shoal Creek apologized for his remarks about the absence of blacks at the exclusive Shelby County golf club, but some black leaders questioned whether he went far enough. In a letter released Wednesday night, Hall Thompson urged a rapid healing of any wounds that could scar the Professional Golfers' Assn. Championship, which will be held at Shoal Creek in August.