They braved police dogs and water spurting from fire hoses at such velocity it left many standing naked and yet, the protests went on. Now, 46 years after the fact, Birmingham's mayor is offering non-violent demonstrators of the 1960s civil rights movement a blanket pardon.
Our T.J. Holmes spoke with Birmingham's mayor Larry Langford and Gwendolyn Webb-Appling.
A lot going on in the CNN newsroom this morning. A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island. There's no word of injuries or damage yet. Plus, we are also following the developing story of John Yettaw, the American who had been sentenced to seven years of hard labor in Myanmar. He has left Myanmar with Senator Jim Webb. We are awaiting remarks from Senator Webb and we will bring them to you live starting at 5:30am ET/2:30am PT.
Birmingham's mayor offered a blanket pardon Tuesday to thousands of demonstrators who were charged during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Many Blacks say they carry their misdemeanor record with them as a badge of honor. Mayor Larry Langford said he expects many will reject the mass pardon for that reason, but he felt it was important to offer. Gwendolyn Happling-Webb is rejecting the pardon. Weâ€™ll speak with her live as well as the mayor of Birmingham.
This Wednesday President Obama will participate in a call-in and audio webcast with 25 faith leaders to encourage their congregations to support health care reform. Religious organizations are joining the President in an effort to emphasize the moral argument for his reform plan. They kicked off a 40 day campaign and held prayer vigils and rallies in 45 cities. We will speak with two faith leaders about this campaign in our Faces of Faith segment with T.J. Holmes.
Plus, Reynolds Wolf is tracking two tropical storms. Watch for these stories and more this morning on CNN Newsroom with T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen starting at 6am ET/3am PT.