Wednesday, October 8, 2008

National Post Story

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Oil patch's unlikely ally

A prominent U. S. civil rights group wants Alberta's energy

Kevin Libin, National Post
Published: Wednesday, October 08, 2008

CALGARY -It helped lead the Montgomery bus boycotts, when Rosa Parks was ordered to move to the back. It organized the Freedom Rides, as white and black students defied discriminatory laws on interstate travel. It orchestrated sit-ins at segregated lunch counters; the March on Washington, when Martin Luther King said he had a dream; and black voter-registration drives in the face of Southern Jim Crow laws -- where three of its young members were notoriously murdered by the Klan, as depicted in the film Mississippi Burning. And this week, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), one of America's oldest and largest civil rights groups, is bringing its battle for social justice to a new, unlikely front: Alberta.

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