Birmingham Riot By: Elizabeth Fajemirokun

Birmingham Riot

Firemen spraying a firehose at African Americans marching.

Background Info

From May 2 to May 10, 1963, the nation bore witness as police in Birmingham, Alabama, aimed high-powered hoses and snarling dogs on African American men, women and even children who wanted just one thing — to be treated the same as white Americans.
Police dogs attacking an African American man marching.


To bring attention to the segregation in Alabama and desegregate public places.
Man waiting in the colored-only waiting room.

People's Involvement

Martin Luther King and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined Birmingham’s local campaign organized by Reverend Shuttlesworth and his group, the Alabama Christian Movement. They all organized the protest. King sent children ages 6 to 18 to march through the streets in hope the Birmingham cop, Eugene "Bull" Conner,


Birmingham's police men had dogs that were attacking the African Americans that were peacefully protesting. They were also spraying fire hoses at them. The African Americans knew that they couldn't back down because of this. They needed to get their goal/message across, so they continued to push throw.
White and African Americans continuing to march for equality.


Connor’s disturbing tactics in front of the national news media became a ca for social change and helped the path way of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
President Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Dr. Martin Luther Kind behind him.

Modern comparison

Rioting breaks out after Freddy Gray's death. This is the result of people taking it to far to get their message across.


The destruction of Birmingham and Baltimore both lasted days as citizens a police officer were harmed in the cross fire. The police in both cities were seen as a source of fear instead of safety. Once the riots ended a sense of justice came about in the reporting as the cities of Birmingham and Baltimore saw a change in how the police were able to final give the help to the black community that has been needed for so long.
Baltimore Riot


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