The "Scottsboro Stories" blog reflects the writings, photographs, arrangements, opinions and musings of me, Garry L. Morgan, only. I do not represent the Scottsboro Boys Museum or the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation - the parent organization of the Scottsboro Boys Museum. I receive no profit from this endeavor. This blog is for educational purposes and that of open expression about racial and sexual discrimination, institutional and personal racism and the deadliest war of all time - "The Culture War."


The Ledger: "Scottsboro, Ala., Museum Opens to Mark a Shameful Case "

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jackson County Election - Vote Tabulation Problems?

Problems were encountered with the Unity electronic display. Seems there was an official that was not aware of how to work the equipment. Persons who regularly operated the equipment could not do so as they were running for office, a lack of training was evident. Another disturbing question - some persons appeared to have inside information concerning the voting boxes in outlying areas (Stevenson & Bridgeport) before they were posted, which raised questions of why and how did that come about?

Voting Results - reported to be absentee tabulations. Some members of the press seem to be given access to this data while others were not. There was considerable confusion.

 Problems with the equipment.

By 9PM it began to come together.

Dennis Miller wins the Democrat primary.

Ken Ferrill wins the Jackson County Circuit Court race. Now he can deal with the County Commission attempting to move the court records without his permission. Daily Sentinel article

Jackson County Voters League Endorsements for County Elections - Democrat Party

Jackson County Voters League Endorsements for County Elections - Democrat Party
Vote on March 13, 2012

 Sadie Bias

 Jonathan Colvin County Commission District 1

Felix Jackson, County Commission District 2

 Dennis Miller, County Commission District 3

 Ken Harding, County Schools Superintendent

 Donna Haislip, Probate Judge

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Women's History Month - March 2012

2012 National Women’s History Month Theme: Womens Education-Women's Empowerment
Department of Defense Theme Poster for Womens History Month (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute -DEOMI)

March is Women's History Month. In Jackson County we have realized many firsts relating to women's history. The first female Circuit Court Judge in Jackson County, Judge Jennifer Holt. Judge Holt took office on October the 1st, 1996. Judge Holt is also the first female to open a law practice in Jackson County Alabama - 1984. Our first female Jackson County Commission Chairperson, Ms. Sadie Bias and the first female Scottsboro High School Principle, Ms. Cathy Hughes'PrincipalsCorner' If anyone is aware of more firsts for women in Jackson County please list them in the comment section of this blog.

"Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” "

From the Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month.

Womens History Month Slide Show:

"The equal opportunity to learn, taken for granted by most young women today, owes much to Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments. This legislation, passed in 1972 and enacted in 1977, prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. It has become the primary tool for women's fuller participation in all aspects of education from scholarships, to facilities, to classes formerly closed to women. Indeed, it transformed the educational landscape of the United States within the span of a generation."

There is another bit of local history involving a local lady which I would like to tell you about. A lady and adventurer who died doing what she loved - FLYING. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Ms. Sharon Johnston, I feel like I know her through the spirit of her brothers and sister. "Sharon Johnston Park is a 250 acre park located in New Market, Al, in the northeast corner of Madison County. The Madison County Commission along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources entered into an agreement to dedicate Sharon Johnston Memorial Park on June 4, 1979. Sharon Johnston's family gave the park to the community in her name after her death, because it was a place she loved dearly, where her father had built a lake, worked to conserve wildlife, and had taught his children about the wonders of nature. Sharon was an aerobatics pilot, and died in a crash at the age of 31 while performing before 250,000 people at the South Weymouth (MA) Naval Air Station in 1974." I post the video below in memory of "Shannon" for Gretel.

I leave you with this notation from  Emma Willard, in her 1819 Plan for Improving Female Education, noted with derision the focus of women's "education" on fostering the display of youth and beauty, and asserted that women are "the companions, not the satellites of men"--"primary existences" whose education must prepare them to be full partners in life's journey.

Alabama Civil Rights Trail

Montgomery Protests-Martin Luther King in Montgomery (Educational usage-photo Life Magazine) 

"In Alabama, museums, bridges, churches and other sites chronicle key episodes of America's civil rights movement. Walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma during the annual Bridge Crossing, commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March. Tour the National Voting Rights Museum and visit Brown Chapel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the Voting Rights Movement. Then follow the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail to Lowndes County, where antebellum history and sweeping plantation homes are juxtaposed against the backdrop of the civil rights struggle."

Click here to download a full-color brochure of the Alabama Civil Rights Museum Trail