Speak Out: The best and worst of May
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May 17, 2013 | 2654 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The month of May presents significant events that have impacted Alabama nationally and locally, with the preservation of a positive or negative image. Two events are celebrated nationwide with high honors like Mother’s Day on the 12th and Memorial Day on the 27th. One thing about history that binds us together is one person can be in it, another person can witness it, the next person can read about it, and the other person wants to forget it. Here are a few features:

May 1, 1961, Nelle Harper Lee of Monroeville won the Pulitzer Prize for To Kill A Mockingbird.

May 14, 1961, the Freedom Riders traveling on two buses met with violence from an angry mob in Anniston.

May 15, 1972, Gov. George C. Wallace, while campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president, was shot in Maryland.

May 17, 1934, the Ava Maria Grotto Park was dedicated in Cullman.

May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education against school segregation.

May 18, 1933, Congress established the Tennessee Valley Authority.

May 21, 1861, the Confederate Congress uprooted its capital from Montgomery to Richmond.

May 21, 1901, 155 white male delegates (six from Calhoun County) assembled in Montgomery for the sixth constitutional convention to write a new document which would disfranchise blacks and most poor whites.

May 25, 1971, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Project began construction.

May 28, 1951, native Willie Mays got his first hit for the New York Giants against the Boston Braves.

Isaiah J. Ashe
Huntsville
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