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You are cordially invited to a free Reconciliation Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Join The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History And Reconciliation Foundation for Our Annual Reconciliation Thanksgiving Dinner Friday, November 19, 2021, 6:00 pm First Presbyterian Church (Family Life Center) 900 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 Keynote Speaker Dr. G. Christine Taylor UA’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Topic: Racial Diversity and Inclusion We will have a distinguished panel of civil rights leaders, community leaders, and local college professors. RSVP thadhairom@gmail.com by Sunday, November 14, 2021 Contact Rev. Dr. Thaddeus Steele, Committee Chair, 205-246-1533

Here are the Civil Rights Trail videos introduced at the Tuscaloosa Heritage Festival. Thanks to all who made them possible.


Discrimination Begins, Part 1

Discrimination Begins, Part 2

Autherine Lucy and the Barbershop

Nonviolent Sit-Ins

Bloody Tuesday


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King’s Road: A First-Hand Account Of Bloody Tuesday

Members of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force hosted guests from Utah State University April 5 – 6, 2018. Under the direction of Dr. François Dengah students traveled to several locations significant to the civil rights movement in the United States, including Tuscaloosa where they experienced the history, locations, and people of the movement. Their visit and work produced a Utah Public Radio segment.

Two Free Concerts in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Community at a Glance   May 1, 2017 First African Baptist Church  Sing Sistah Sing!    May 2, 2017 First United Methodist Church  An Evening of Song & Reconciliation

New UA Class Reveals History of Local Lynchings

February 27, 2017 “TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In the fall of 1933, Dennis Cross, a 50-year-old black man who was paralyzed from the waist down, was accused of sexually assaulting a white woman in Tuscaloosa.…” The University of Alabama News

Join us for an unveiling…

    …of a historical marker memorializing eight African American men lynched in Tuscaloosa County between 1884 and 1933. Meet at 2803 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL, near the old county courthouse.         Following the unveiling there will be a program at First African Baptist Church, 2621 Stillman Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL.        

An Evening with Billy Field

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST The University of Alabama Ferguson Theater 751 Campus Dr, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487 Billy Field is one of the few human beings left on the planet who saw a rocket shoot across the sky (on November 30, 1954), crash through a lady’s roof, bounce off her radio and hit her on her buttocks, making her the only human being in the history of the world to ever be hit by a falling star. He was five years old. He grew up and went to Hollywood where he made films and wrote… Continue Reading An Evening with Billy Field

Community Remembrance Project Update and Announcement

From: Jonathan Kubakundimana [jkubakundimana@eji.org] Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:19 AM To: Evan Milligan Subject: Community Remembrance Project Update and Announcement Good morning, Thank you for your patience and support as we proceed with our marker installation effort for the Community Remembrance Project in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. We are happy to inform you that the historical marker is nearing the final stages of approval and we are waiting for City Council committee authorization for installation. Currently, we are exploring sites to hold the unveiling program and are looking at sites as close to the Old Jail/Capital Park area as possible. As… Continue Reading Community Remembrance Project Update and Announcement

Apology and Reconciliation

New York Times article, January 26, 2017: Nearly 8 Decades Later, an Apology for a Lynching in Georgia “LaGRANGE, Ga. — Some people here had never heard about the lynching of Austin Callaway — about how, almost 77 years ago, he was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, then shot and left for dead….”

EDITORIAL: Task force tackles worthwhile mission

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 “Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama and the state have an undeniable and important place in the history of the civil rights movement. History will long remember Gov. George Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” but that only scratches the surface of a deep and rich account of bravery, hatred and reconciliation that abounds in our area….” Tuscaloosa News

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