Civil Rights Movement


       Events are being held across western Massachusetts to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  The federal holiday commemorating the civil rights hero is Monday.

       The office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted an annual celebration at City Hall Friday, the date of King’s birth.  There were speeches, prayers and poems were read, and a traditional civil rights anthem was sung.


  There will be a Black History Month event at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 28, that will combine music, speeches and a panel discussion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches and to discuss ongoing civil rights efforts.

They keynote speakers will be Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed and Colia Liddell Lafayette Clark.

Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed joins us. His most recent book is The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism.

Springfield Republican file photo

Many Black History Month events are focusing on the marches in Selma, Alabama fifty years ago that helped bring an end to segregation in the South and led to the Voting Rights Act. Massachusetts State Representative Benjamin Swan of Springfield spent about three weeks in Alabama in March 1965.  Swan, who was 21-years-old at the time, talked about the experience with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Berkshires To Remember Four Little Girls

Sep 11, 2013

This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Events in the Berkshires and across the country will commemorate the tragic day.