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."
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.