Birmingham Riots of 1963

The Birmingham riot of 1963 was a civil disorder in Birmingham, Alabama, that was provoked by bombings on the night of May 11, 1963. The bombings targeted black leaders of the Birmingham campaign, a mass protest for racial justice. Some began to sing "We Shall Overcome," while others began to throw rocks and other small objects.

The places bombed were the parsonage of Rev.A.D. King, brother of Martin Luther King, Jr., and a motel owned by A.G. Gaston, where King and others organizing the campaign had stayed. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader of the Birmingham civil rights campaign which had been conducted that spring, with large, nonviolent demonstrations resulting in the mass arrest of schoolchildren who were trying to take a walk to Birmingham City Hall to talk to the mayor about segregation.
In an afternoon press conference held at the Gaston Motel, where King and his team were staying, Rev. Fred Shuttles worth read a version of the agreement, after which King declared a "great victory" and prepared to leave town. However, some white leaders, including the city's powerful Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor, who had used dogs and firehoses against demonstrators, denounced the agreement and suggested that they might not enforce its provisions.
This event is similar to the 1992 LA Riots where 4 officers beat up Rodney King and black people across LA rioted. The burned down and tore down buildings, the were running on the streets, the police could not control the situation.

Lee, A., & Meeks, R. (2017, April 29). L.A. riots: 25 years later. LA Times. Retrieved from

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