A&S in the News: June 10-16, 2018

Miss Alabama

Callie Walker
Callie Walker, UA musical theatre student

New Miss Alabama crownedFox 6 (Birmingham) – June 10

The newly crowned Miss Alabama is from Birmingham. Callie Walker won the title last night at Samford University. She attends The University of Alabama and represented Tuscaloosa in the state pageant. Her talent was a ballet performance. Her platform focuses on creating a greener lifestyle for kids.
Tuscaloosa News – June 10
AL.com – June 9
WPMI-NBC (Mobile) – June 11
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – June 11

Highway 2 Hale

Highway 2 Hale held at Moundville Archaeological ParkWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 10

The fourth annual Highway 2 Hale bike ride was yesterday at the Moundville Archeological Park. Highway 2 Hale is an initiative for the American advertising federation of Tuscaloosa. The initiative supports two specific scholarships benefiting advertising students at The University of Alabama. This was the ride’s first year as part of the Alabama back roads century series. A giant content bike was donated by queen city cycles and was raffled off to a lucky rider, Rick Nicholas.

Arming Teachers

The fight over arming teachers could define Alabama political races this fallAl.com – June 10

The national debate over guns in America, an issue breaking sharply along both gender and party lines, has filtered into political campaigns in Alabama … Richard Fording, a political science professor at The University of Alabama, calls the recent spotlighting of arming teachers an “attempt by conservatives” to respond to the public’s call for a government solution to make schools safer, without restricting gun access. “The proposal to arm teachers and administrators is designed to neutralize an advantage that Democrats have traditionally had on this issue,” said Fording. “In response to recent school shootings, the Democrats have led the charge to do something – namely restrict gun access – through local government legislation.”

White House App

Tuscaloosa natives among first to test White House appTuscaloosa News – June 11

Two Tuscaloosa natives were among the first to test a new phone app that gives users an inside look into the history of the White House. Russell Cole, a sixth-grade student at Tuscaloosa Academy, and University of Alabama graduate student Malcolm Cammeron were among the first users of the White House Experience, an app presented by the White House Historical Association.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 11

Michael Martone

Fort Wayne native and noted author Michael Martone will sign copies of his latest book Saturday at Hyde Brothers, BooksellersFt. Wayne News Sentinel (Indiana) – June 12

When Fort Wayne native and author Michael Martone thought about Coliseum Boulevard, he realized “my life is sort of out there on that stretch of road.” … He writes along with teaching as a professor of English at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

SummerTide Theatre

Tusk Calendar: June 14, 2018Tuscaloosa News – June 14

“Pump Boys and Dinettes”: performed by SummerTide, professional program through The University of Alabama’s Department of Theatre and Dance, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West Second St., Gulf Shores. For its 15th season, SummerTide returns to the down-home country-rock musical performed in its inaugural summer at the beach. Tickets are $20 general, $15 for children 12 and up. Group rates of $15 each are available for parties of 10 or more. Some early June shows are sold out; call 251-968-6721 or see www.summertide.org for more. 251-968-6721. www.summertide.org.

T.R.M. Howard

Medgar Ever’s civil rights mentor: T.R.M. HowardThe Hill – June 15

When an assassin struck down Medgar Evers on June 12, 1963, the national outrage spurred on a civil rights movement that was already getting more attention. A month before Medgar’s demise Bull Connor’s police had turned fire hoses with full force on men, women, and children in Birmingham, Alabama. Just over two months after Medgar’s death a record crowd turned out for Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”Within two years the momentum led to both the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. These events are well known, but few are aware of the instrumental role played by Medgar’s former employer and mentor, T.R.M. Howard, in making these events possible. . . . David T. Beito is a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a professor of history at The University of Alabama. Linda Royster Beito is a research fellow at the Independent Institute and professor and director of cybersecurity at Stillman College. Together they wrote T. R. M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer.

Saturday in the Park

Five things to do this weekend in TuscaloosaTuscaloosa News – June 15

No. 1: Moundville Archaeological Park will host an exhibition of hoop dancing during its Saturday in the Park series. Lyndon Alec is a member of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe and has demonstrated hoop dancing at events all over the world, including the annual Native American Festival at Moundville. He’ll demonstrate hoop dancing and talk about the traditions and meaning behind it. The event will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., free with admission to the park, general $8, seniors $7, students and children $6, under five free. The park is at 634 Mound State Parkway. For more information, go to www.moundville.ua.edu.