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Selma's Forgotten Soldiers (of Lowndes County)

By: Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
AANIC Correspondent

Driving the dark highway to Selma, Ala., I met forgotten heroes of the voting rights movement. It was the night before President Barack Obama’s arrival. I was driving toward that infamous bridge when a small church, on the side of Highway 80, pulled me from the road. This part of Lowndes County, Ala., is known for farming, poverty, religion, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It should be remembered for playing a crucial role in civil rights history.

NAACP Office Bombed, Anti-Black Hate Crimes on Rise

By Gloria Browne-Marshall
AANIC Correspondent

The NAACP office was bombed in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Jan. 6 a device was placed near the NAACP office. Attacks on African-Americans have increased during Barack Obama’s presidency.

No one was hurt in the Colorado attack. But, FBI Special Agent Thomas Ravenelle said, “I’m not going to be naïve, I know what the NAACP means to some extremists in this country.” The device, considered unsophisticated by police, did not fully ignite. But, there was an explosion and minor damage.

Supreme Court Excuses Cop’s Ignorance of the Law, Sotomayor Finds Fault in Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court may have added fuel to the existing fire involving police. At a time when public trust in policing is falling to its nadir, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may have added fuel to the fire. During the week of Dec. 14, the Court ruled in Heien v. North Carolina that ignorance of the law is excusable – but only for police. Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed.

Police Shooting Cases May Be Taken from Local Prosecutors

The public has lost confidence in District Attorneys to prosecute police shooting cases. This lack of public trust now drives New York’s highest prosecutor, the Attorney General, to take over such cases. It is an unusual request for a police shooting case; but not for civil rights cases.

Texas Voters Can Be Turned Away

In an emergency action, the Texas NAACP, and other civil rights groups, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Texas from enforcing Senate Bill 14. But, the conservative-led Court sided with the state, and upheld the strictest voter photo identification law in America, giving the civil rights community yet another defeat.

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