Civil Rights

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Thomas Family: I Want The Name Of The Police Officer Who Shot And Killed My Son

UPDATE: The Smyrna police officer who pulled the trigger that claimed the life of Nicholas Thomas is identified as Sgt. Kenneth Owens. The Thomas family has been told that the GBI will not be called […]

WAOK-AM–03/30/2015

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Girl Writes Letter To Friend Saying Her Dad Won’t Let Her Go To Party ‘Because You Are Black’

A young girl wrote a letter to her friend detailing that her father wouldn’t let her go to her party because she’s black.

03/18/2015

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Noted Civil Rights Journalist Claude Sitton Dead

ATLANTA (AP) — Journalist Claude Sitton, who was a leader among reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and ’60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, has died. […]

WAOK-AM–03/10/2015

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Thousands Gather To Commemorate Selma Bloody Sunday Anniversary

Thousands of people gathered in Selma, Alabama on Saturday morning ahead of a speech by President Barack Obama at the 50th anniversary of a landmark event of the civil rights movement.

03/07/2015

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Daughter Of Martin Luther King Jr. Arrives In Selma

The daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr. is in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march.

03/07/2015

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Obama Says Civil Rights Efforts ‘An Unfinished Project’ Ahead Of Selma Anniversary

President Obama said Friday that his 50th anniversary address in Selma highlights the importance of educating a younger generation of Americans about civil rights strife and the “unfinished” racial issues still seen today in incidents such as Ferguson.

03/06/2015

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The Bev Smith Show: Is Malcolm X Relevant Today?

It has been 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, yet is his legacy still present in our current generation? To Bev Smith surprise most school children today do not know about Malcom X. […]

WAOK-AM–03/04/2015

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Mayor Reed: Thank You All For Your Leadership And Your Sacrifice

Civil Rights leaders, and the families of leaders who have passed on, applauded, nodded, and prayed. They attended the City of Atlanta’s commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery March. Monday’s event, in the […]

WAOK-AM–03/03/2015

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Grieving Mother Says “Kids Need To Stop Aspiring To Go To Prison And Aspire To Go To College”

Stephanie Stone’s 14 year old son, Paul Sampleton Jr., was murdered on December 19, 2012. “Senseless violence” is what Stone and Paul Sampleton Sr. call their son’s death on the website for the foundation established […]

WAOK-AM–02/23/2015

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“Those Hearses Could Be Carrying Someone Who Died At The Hands Of Violence”

A community procession of hearses preceeded the Stop The Violence campaign and rally. It was held Sunday at Greater Travelers Rest Church in Decatur. Sponsored by the Georgia Funeral Service Practioner’s Association, the rally addressed […]

02/23/2015