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Confederate History Month: Sparks fly at Battle of Selma re-enactment

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Posted on April 25, 2010 by | Southeast Travel | One Comment

SELMA, Ala. — Fake guns go off like firecrackers on the Fourth of July. But there’s no cheering here, not from the crowd gathered at the edge of this field in Selma, Ala. They’re here to watch the Civil War reenactment up ahead. Many are seated in lawn chairs, others on wooden bleachers, or blankets. For this crowd, this is no occasion for a hooting, howling good time. This is serious. This is important. This is their moment to experience history. Their history. There’s an element of defiance in the air. Like the sulfur from the fake gunfire and cannons…

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Martin Luther King’s defining moment: A kitchen, in Montgomery, Alabama, past midnight

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Posted on January 18, 2010 by | Southeast Travel | 9 Comments

Well before the March on Washington. Or his “I have a Dream” speech. There was a defining moment for Martin Luther King, Jr. And it came past midnight, in a kitchen, at 309 South Jackson Street, in Montgomery, Alabama. King was 27 years old, two years into his role as pastor of nearby Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Over the past month, King had been leading the Montgomery bus boycott, a decision that set off a series of death threats delivered via mail and phone to his residence — as many as 30 to 40 calls daily, often at night. Normally,…

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