Debbie Elliott

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Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On Tuesday, Congress will bestow its highest civilian honor — posthumously — on the young victims of a deadly Alabama church bombing from the civil rights era.

The Congressional Gold Medals for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley come 50 years after the black girls were ...


A Children's Author Wrangles A Cowboy Soundtrack

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Children's book author Sandra Boynton knows her way around Music Row. We meet in singer-songwriter Ben Folds' studio, which is part of the old RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios — birthplace of recordings by the likes of Dolly Parton and Joe Cocker.

"First built by Chet ...


Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering

Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whom Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.

"Unbelievable." That's how then-displaced ...


Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law

Monday, August 19, 2013

Parents in some rural Alabama counties are asking a federal court to block a new state law that gives tax breaks to families who transfer out of failing schools. They argue that their children aren't getting a fair shot at a quality education.

The law, passed in a controversial last-minute ...


The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In the town where I grew up — Memphis, Tenn. — Tad Pierson has made a career out of his love for cars and American music by working as a tour guide. We meet in the grand lobby of the Peabody Hotel, the downtown landmark famous for its ducks and ...


Remembering Birmingham's 'Dynamite Hill' Neighborhood

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Long before the Civil Rights marches of 1963 thrust Birmingham, Ala. into the national spotlight, black families along one residential street were steadily chipping away at Jim Crow segregation laws — and paying a price for it. As part of our series looking back at the seminal events that changed ...


In Alabama, Voting Decision Seen As Sign Of Progress, Setback

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act came in a case from the very state that helped shape the statute: Alabama.

The court's opinion in Shelby County v. Holder notes that history did not stop in 1965 — the year ...


Spoken Dish Asks Southerners: What Is Your Food Identity?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Does cast-iron skillet cornbread, hot and crispy from the oven, transport you back to your grandma's kitchen? Do you cook with certain ingredients as a link to your roots in the South? If so, "A Spoken Dish" wants to hear your story.

The Southern Foodways Alliance is teaming up ...


Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Killing, The Scars Remain

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

For Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers, the memories of 1963 are still raw.

Her family lived in terror behind the locked doors of their Jackson, Miss., home — a modest, three-bedroom, ranch-style house in one of the first new subdivisions built for African-Americans in Mississippi's ...


Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gulf Coast states are lining up to spend $1 billion from BP on coastal restoration. The money is part of BP's legal responsibility to restore the Gulf of Mexico's natural resources in the aftermath of the worst oil disaster in U.S. history.

But the nature of some of the state ...


A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister's 'Small Town'

Monday, April 29, 2013

When he was a teenager, journalist Rod Dreher couldn't wait to escape Louisiana. Now he has found his way home again in grief — after his sister's death from lung cancer. It was "in light" of that tragedy, Dreher says, that he discovered the value of community. It's the subject ...