Birmingham was one of the most racist, segregated and unaccepting cities in the south.
Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever - George Wallace, Governor of Birmingham
George Wallace was the epitome of a racist southerner. His quote shows that southerners such as him had no plans to change their views no matter what happened. Up until his death, he almost certainly still believed in segregation and white supremacy. He shows that to many of these segregationists, it was a basic principle of life, and not something to be argued.
To fight this racism, anti-segregation activists start "Project C".