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First Timer’s Guide to Alabama Beaches: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Although I’m a California girl now, I was born and raised in Alabama. When it was time for a spring break trip or summer beach vacation, my family did what many all over the Southeast did: load up the station wagon or minivan and drive south towards the Gulf Coast. The destination? Gulf Shores and …

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A Conversation With My Daughter About Civil Rights

I grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, the crucible of the Civil Rights movement.  Montgomery race relations had come a long way by the time I was born, 24 years after the bus boycott inspired by Rosa Parks and 14 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s Selma to Montgomery marches. Nevertheless, the world I grew up …

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