It was a decade after Black civil rights leaders had gathered in Birmingham to make 14 points to their white peers in Birmingham, to demand acknowledgement that Black people were still treated as second class citizens.
Who is Officer George Sands? The Birmingham police officer had amassed more than a dozen complaints before fatally shooting Bonita Carter.
Just sixteen years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched through Birmingham, the election of 1979 would prove pivotal for Black residents exercising their voting power.
From 1909 to today we can now identify more than 500 shootings by police.
Protest began to swell in Birmingham began to swell the night Bonita Carter was killed, and it grew larger and larger in the days that followed.
Episode One of “Unjustifiable” reconstructs the shooting of Bonita Carter, moment by moment and step by step, from the vantage points of onlookers, participants, store workers, witnesses and police.
Reckon Radio presents: “Unjustifiable,” an investigative series from Pulitzer-prize winning columnist John Archibald and Roy S. Johnson examining an overlooked moment of civil rights history in the heart of the South.
On the eve of the election, we decided to ask people around the South three questions: What’s something you hope happens next year? What’s something you hope never happens again? What does the South look like in four years?
This week on the Reckon Interview, we’re talking about what comes next?
The Supreme Court has the power to expand our definition of civil rights. Or to limit it.