Birmingham Campaign and modern day

"Probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States," according to MLK.

Early 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama
Their goals included the desegregation of Birmingham's downtown stores, fair hiring practices in shops and city employment, the reopening of public parks, and the creation of a biracial committee to oversee the desegregation of Birmingham's public schools.
Bull Connor (Theophilus Eugene Connor) was an American politician who served as an elected Commissioner of Public Safety. Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Martin Luther King Jr. were also involved. His speeches inspired many people.
City paralysis, fire hoses, and police dogs were some obstacles they faced. Also, recruiting students because many didn't want to risk getting arrested like MLK.

But they never gave up.

The campaign brought national and international attention to racist violence in Birmingham. Most of the city's segregation ordinances had been overturned. Some of the lunch counters in department stores complied with the new rules. City parks and golf courses were opened again to black and white citizens.
Robert Davis, a retired elementary school teacher from New Orleans, was arrested and brutally beaten by police on suspicion of public intoxication. Davis returned to New Orleans to check on his family’s property and was attacked by four police officers. The officers were either fired or suspended for their involvement, but many of the charges against them were cleared. The white policemen took advantage of their power and harmed an individual for racism.

Sources:

http://www.criminaljusticedegreesguide.com/

http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/civil-rights-movement-birmingham-campaign/?scrlybrkr=5cbf70a1#.WQAKxdArLnU

http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_birmingham_campaign/

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