State of Alabama Archives: on Civil Rights


Robert Bentley: Ever mindful of our turbulent past 50 years ago

Fifty years ago, Alabama stood poised on center stage as a series of historical events unfolded around us. Many in this room would bear witness to events that changed history.

By year's end, Alabama would see many peaceful protestors jailed for daring to advocate equal treatment for all people. The University of Alabama would enroll its first African-American students. Four little girls killed inside their place of worship during Sunday School. The rising up of thousands who marched to this building knowing they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. That was 50 years ago.

Today, we are ever-mindful of our turbulent past while we eagerly look forward to a new chapter in our state's history. Alabama IS our Sweet Home. And we want it to be a place where economic opportunity abounds and there are good-paying jobs, where children can get a good education, where counties and cities can build roads to compete for businesses and industries.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Robert Bentley: End affirmative action for colleges & state contracts

Source: Alabama 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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