What kind of obstacles did they have to face?
African Americans that protested in these riots had to go through many obstacles. They had to deal with firefighters that were blasting water at their bodies with hoses and German shepherds that were constantly trying to bite them. Another huge obstacle was dealing with the KKK. This group would drive around town burning houses and buses that contained blacks. African Americans overcame these obstacles buy boycotting, and using peaceful protest. Once their protests turned violent because of the police, the news of the riots spread like wildfire. The riots were being showed on televisions across the world which forced the president to make a change.
Video on the 1963 Riots in Birmingham