Debbie Elliott http://news.stlpublicradio.org en When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-his-pit-burned-down-southern-bbq-master-took-hogs-tour In the tiny town of Hemingway, S.C., the Scott family has been selling barbecue out of its roadside general store for nearly a half-century. The smoky, vinegary pork has reached legendary status around the South.<p>So when the Scotts' wooden cookhouse went up in flames late last year, barbecue brethren cooked up a plan to get them back in business. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 33478 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/six-decades-later-integration-remains-work-progress A federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., approved a settlement today that ends decades of litigation over school desegregation there.<strong> </strong><p>The city was one of the first tests of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>, when President Eisenhower sent federal troops to integrate Central High School in 1957.<p>Just about anyone you speak to about the Little Rock desegregation case says it's time for the contentious and ongoing litigation to be over. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 32991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rev-tj-jemison-remembered-civil-rights-movement-pioneer The state of Louisiana is paying tribute Friday to the Rev. T.J. Jemison, a strong and steady voice against unequal treatment for blacks in the Jim Crow South.<p>Jemison's body lay in repose at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, where Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said he will be remembered as one of the greats of the civil rights movement.<p>"He had such a heart and courage for justice," Landrieu said. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 31674 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/clash-styles-gop-factions-fight-alabama-district Voters in Alabama's 1st congressional district are getting a glimpse of the factions vying for control of the Republican Party as two GOP candidates face off in a special election Tuesday.<p>Former state Sen. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 31079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/young-torchbearer-lights-way-new-orleans-music-students In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.<p>The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 30565 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/congress-honors-victims-infamous-alabama-church-bombing On Tuesday, Congress will bestow its highest civilian honor — posthumously — on the young victims of a deadly Alabama church bombing from the civil rights era.<p>The Congressional Gold Medals for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley come 50 years after the black girls were killed by a Ku Klux Klan bomb.<p>Just as the federal recognition is long in coming, so was justice.<p>The plot to bomb the 16th Street Baptist Church can be traced to a once-remote spot along Alabama's scenic Cahaba River. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:04:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29775 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing A Children's Author Wrangles A Cowboy Soundtrack http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/childrens-author-wrangles-cowboy-soundtrack <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4gugQo0EpA</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29717 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Children's Author Wrangles A Cowboy Soundtrack Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/post-katrina-new-orleans-story-modern-pioneering <em>It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whom</em><em> </em>Morning Edition<em> </em><em>host Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.</em><p>"Unbelievable." That's how then-displaced Lower 9th Ward resident Ronald Lewis described his neighborhood in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:34:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29483 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pink-cadillac-memphis-soundtrack In the town where I grew up — Memphis, Tenn. — Tad Pierson has made a career out of his love for cars and American music by working as a tour guide. We meet in the grand lobby of the Peabody Hotel, the downtown landmark famous for its ducks and Southern elegance. But it's also considered the starting point of the Mississippi Delta, a region steeped in the blues.<p>Parked along the curb outside is not just any '55 Cadillac. It's pink and authentic, with fading leather bench seats and no air conditioning. So we head out, windows down on a thick, steamy August morning. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:03:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29069 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack Remembering Birmingham's 'Dynamite Hill' Neighborhood http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/remembering-birminghams-dynamite-hill-neighborhood <em>Long before the Civil Rights marches of 1963 thrust Birmingham, Ala. into the national spotlight, black families along one residential street were steadily chipping away at Jim Crow segregation laws — and paying a price for it. As part of our series looking back at the seminal events that changed the nation 50 years ago, NPR's Debbie Elliott paid a visit to Birmingham's Dynamite Hill.</em><p>In many ways, the story of modern Birmingham starts on Center Street, a leafy hill lined with neat brick ranch-style houses. In the 1940s, Center Street was the city's color line. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 08:48:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 28002 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Remembering Birmingham's 'Dynamite Hill' Neighborhood