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Two Unique Things About Alabama


Two Unique Things About Alabama
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    totally, maintain, although, repair, satellite, business, unique, rely, equal, center, important, earth, test, early, there, country
     content words:    Redstone Arsenal, Civil Rights Movement, Booker T., National Association, Colored People, Autherine Lucy, Rosa Parks, Rights Movement, Martin Luther King


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Two Unique Things About Alabama
By Lucy Bumpers
  

1     There are two unique things about Alabama. Although they are totally unrelated, they have made Alabama what it is today.
 
2     The first unique thing about Alabama is the Redstone Arsenal located in Huntsville. It has served for more than forty years as the Army's center for missile and rocket programs. Scientists there designed and built the Jupiter-C rocket which carried America's first earth satellite into space. Today, Redstone Arsenal's aviation and missile experts research, develop, test, purchase, repair, and maintain the high technology weapons that American soldiers rely on to perform their duties.
 
3     The other unique thing about this state is that the Civil Rights Movement began here. It began back in the early 1950s. Booker T. Washington was one of the first leaders for civil rights for blacks in this state and all over the country. Black educators and business leaders met and developed the NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). This organization's goal was and still is to work for the rights of black Americans. People like Autherine Lucy and Rosa Parks were important figures in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked hard to help blacks get their full civil rights. Today, all citizens of Alabama have equal rights, regardless of color.

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