Named for its dark, fertile soil, the crescent shaped region bisects Central Alabama. It was here in the antebellum days that King Cotton reigned supreme. In the mid-20th century, it saw the birth of the modern civil rights movement with the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965.
The Lowndes County Freedom Organization was formed in “Bloody Lowndes” in 1966, writes Rebecca Woodham, in the online Encyclopedia of Alabama. The history chair at Wallace Community College Dothan, Woodham is recognized by the Alabama Department of Archives and History as an expert on this period in Lowndes County history.
A local political party, the LCFO chose a crouching black panther as its symbol.
“Stokely (Carmichael) was working in Lowndes then with SNCC to register voters,” said Lowndes County Probate Judge John Hulett Jr. “They saw the panther symbol and liked it. It was adopted later by the Black Panthers.”
Source: Bloody Lowndez often overlooked
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