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This edition: The Conscience of America: Birmingham's Fight For Civil Rights

Episode Details

Original tape date: July 1, 2017.

First aired: August 2, 2017.

Birmingham, Alabama is widely known as the city that anchored the success of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. That sentiment was solidified on January 12th, 2017 when President Obama, in his last days in office, signed a proclamation that created the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument that will be run in perpetuity by the National Parks Service. The designation includes several key locations during the movement, including the A.G. Gaston Motel, the headquarters for Martin Luther King Jr., and the 16th Street Baptist Church where four little girls were killed during the height of racial tension in the city.

Black America host, Carol Jenkins, also the niece of A.G. Gaston, tells the story of Birmingham then, the way forward for the city, and her family’s contribution to the rich history of Alabama.

Guest List

William A. Bell Mayor, Birmingham, Alabama

Evelyn Dilworth-Williams Birmingham Foot Soldier

Sequoia E. Ellis Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Park

Herbert C. Frost National Park Services

Brent Leggs Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Carolyn McKinstry Civil Rights Activist

Lisa McNair Sister of Denise McNair

Rev. Arthur Price, Jr. Pastor, 16th Street Baptist Church

Ruby Sales Social Activist

Terri A. Sewell U.S. Representative, Alabama

Marie A. Sutton Author, “The A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham”

Andrea L. Taylor President & CEO, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Reginald M. Tiller Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

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