Birmingham 1963 By kylie martin

Birmingham in 1963 was a scary place to stay. The segregation was real, and so was the abuse. Local citizens were used to it by then, but that doesn't mean they didn't get angered by it. To new people, the rules seem wildly outrageous, which they are. Birmingham was the main focus for the "desegregation of the deep south."

Birmingham Church Bombing

Several marches for African American rights began on the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church. This made that church a target for bombings. The church was bombed on September 15, 1963 at 10:22 a.m. Some were able to escape while the building was being filling with smoke. Several people were seriously injured, and it left four little girls dead.

Sadly, this bombing was one of three within eleven days. Justice had to be served, but the the case wasn't tended to for over ten years. Many protesters caused riots, and the police used violence to try to stop it, killing two young men. The bombing made a lasting impact on the city along with the rage caused by the death of the four young girls.

Everyday Life

From May 2 to May 10 in 1963, the United States watched as vicious animals and police officers attacked African Americans. They were targeted because they simply wanted to be treated the same as the white folks. The South was complete chaos. Martin Luther King Jr. led his fellow protesters to launch several boycotts. He sent children from as little as age six to age eighteen to march for their rights.

The entire world watched the treacherous happenings in Birmingham on the news. Despite their fear, the African Americans persistently fought for their basic rights as a U.S. citizen. Within the same year, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. This put a huge burden on the nation. Not only was half of our country in distress about civil rights, but our president was also shot and killed.

Works Cited

History.com Staff. "Birmingham Church Bombing." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.

The People History -- Steve Pearson. "What Happened in 1963 Important News and Events, Key Technology and Popular Culture." What Happened in 1963 Inc. Pop Culture, Prices Significant Events, Key Technology and Inventions. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.

Siemaszko, Corky. "Birmingham Erupted into Chaos in 1963 as Battle for Civil Rights Exploded in South." NY Daily News. N.p., 03 May 2012. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.

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