Alabama tourism company launches civil rights podcast

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s state tourism agency has launched a podcast that both tells stories about the civil rights movement and encourages people to visit places associated with that time.

The three-part Alabama Civil Rights Podcast, available on the Alabama Tourism Department website and other sites where podcasts are available, mentions prominent sites including the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery; Selmas Edmund Pettus Bridge and 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Episodes cover topics such as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and nonviolence. the groundbreaking Freedom Rides of 1961; the 1963 Birmingham campaign; and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Suffrage March. Listeners can find details about visiting this and other websites on the agency’s website.

“Our goal is to help listeners learn more about the history of the movement and how Alabama plays a critical role in shaping suffrage and equality for all,” said Lee Sentell, the state’s tourism director, in a statement.

Civil rights tourism has become big business in cities like Birmingham and Montgomery, where thousands of places visit each year, including Alabama’s Capitol, Dexter Avenue Church, which was the first pastorate of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the National Lynch Memorial .

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