Guest Column: ‘Selma’ isn’t over

By : Susan Clary
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Susan Clary

Susan Clary

I finally saw Selma. The Oscar-nominated film depicts Dr. Martin Luther King’s push for passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—the federal legislation that was a crowning achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. Many protesters, both black and white, were sacrificed during the brutal efforts to make the 54-mile march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, the state capital.

The 1987 PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize chronicled the event. However, the 2014 movie directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as King reveals the powerful and moving story behind Dr. King’s efforts to grab the nation’s attention.

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Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states’ rights battles

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s judicial building office overlooks Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue, a history-soaked thoroughfare topped by the Alabama Capitol where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederacy and where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the 1965 march for voting rights.

As gay and lesbian couples left a nearby courthouse clutching marriage licenses last week, Moore, an outspoken critic of gay marriage, was fighting to stop the weddings using a states’ rights argument that conjured up those historical ghosts of slavery, the Civil War and the battle against desegregation.

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Iowa woman calls for lift of FDA donation ban

By : Wire Report
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa mom is speaking out against the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on donations of some tissue from gay men after her son died and some of his organs were rejected.

Sheryl Moore of Pleasant Hill was told that some of her son’s tissues wouldn’t be donated because his sexual history was unclear, The Des Moines Register reported.

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