On April 16, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., imprisoned in Alabama for protesting segregation, wrote his powerful and eloquent answer to criticisms of him, the civil rights movement and its nonviolent direct action tactics.
"The south does have a rich tradition of progressives. It might be thin, but it's strong."
In honor of the centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks, we are rerunning the following People's World article, "Rosa Parks: courageous fighter for justice, " by Debbie Bell.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit found that a section of Alabama's law interferes with children's constitutional right to education.
They will, in effect, tell Alabama's governor and legislature, "If we can't appeal to your humanity, then we will appeal to your pocketbooks."
Organizers say that, more than a commemoration, the march this week is a demonstration against modern day attacks.
Alabama's anti-immigrant law, HB 56, has threatened people of color regardless of their legal status, and continues to damage the state's economy and reputation.
In a united effort to repeal Alabama's anti-immigrant law, Black, white and Latino members of Congress, faith, labor, community and civil rights leaders kicked off a state and national campaign Nov. 21 in Birmingham.
I am proudly representing the 2.1 million members of SEIU and standing alongside members of Congress, faith, community and civil rights leaders to speak out against the state's racist, anti-immigrant law.
African American, civil rights and labor leaders visited Birmingham this week to see first hand how the state's new anti-immigrant law is impacting Latinos.