When the Children Marched. The Birmingham Civil Rights by Robert H. Mayer

By Robert H. Mayer

Referred to because the "most segregated urban in America," Birmingham, Alabama, turned a hotbed for civil rights job within the early Nineteen Sixties. nice African-American leaders, together with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, helped lead the civil rights circulation within the urban. In Birmingham, African-American early life marched, sang, and spoke out opposed to segregation. even though they confronted police canines and fireplace hoses, they provided non-violent resistance and didn't back off. whilst the kids MARCHED explores the civil rights leaders who geared up the circulation and the courageous young children and youths on the center of the struggle.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If King was to be arrested, he hoped to be joined by his colleague and close friend, the Reverend Ralph Abernathy. King and Abernathy first worked together during the days of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and 1956. Afterward, they helped to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), becoming president and vice president respectively. The Reverend Abernathy was right by King’s side from the planning stages of the Birmingham movement through the days and nights of the marches.

Attacks did not stop with the assault on the Shuttlesworths. Between 1947 and 1965, there were around fifty bombings of black churches and homes in the city. All of them went unsolved. ”12 For a time, this terrorism was very effective. Under threat of such violence, many people feared that segregation in Birmingham was an unchangeable fixture. Shuttlesworth and the people who came to trust him, however, refused to accept the situation as it was. They were ready to stand up and create a new world, even though standing up had a dangerous price tag.

His wife Ruby watched television with their daughters, Ricky and Carolyn, and a friend. Fred Junior was in the dining room admiring the new red football jersey he had gotten that morning for Christmas. ”3 Image Credit: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth stands outside the wreckage of his house following an assassination attempt involving sixteen sticks of dynamite in 1956. Neighbors and church members rushed to the defense of the Shuttlesworth family. Some brought pistols; others even brought shotguns.

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