Pictures, Sound Tell Story of Alabama’s Biggest Immigration Event

Images and Sounds of the June 25, 2011 candle march in Downtown Birmingham tell the story of the opposition to Alabama’s new immigration law, the toughest in the nation.

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BIRMINGHAM– In the last few years, we’ve seen dozens of rallies  and public protests on immigration around the country, including here in Alabama.

But, none in Alabama’s largest city compare to what took place Saturday, June 25 when thousands marched through downtown in silent protest of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, which was signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley earlier this month.

The images of those in the crowd, most of whom dressed in white shirts, and the sounds of prayers tell this story from Birmingham’s primary civic space- Linn Park.

 

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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