Less than a week after the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a civil rights leader marked another anniversary. Monday morning, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) tweeted “ 53 years ago 53 yrs ago today I was released from Parchman Penitentiary after being arrested in Jackson for using "white" restroom.” That tweet contained Lewis’ Jackson Police Department mugshot. The photo went viral, receiving more than 20,000 retweets. Lewis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he sent the tweet to “educate and inform people who were not even born 53 years ago.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center says education about the civil rights movement remains woefully inadequate in a majority of states. But a study released today found Georgia is one of only three states to get an “A” in teaching students about the movement. The Southern Poverty Law Center looked at what students are expected to know about the movement and how schools teach the subject to students in grades K through 12.
A historic church in downtown Macon that played an important role in the city's civil rights movement could meet the wrecking ball. According to plans filed with Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission, a developer wants to demolish the Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church at 860 Forsyth Rd. and replace it with a Dunkin' Donuts.
The history department at Columbus State University is peering back into America’s civil rights struggle and its local ties to Georgia. The university has launched a year-long initiative to examine the civil rights movement of the 1960s.