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1963 - The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, kills four girls and marks a turning point in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It helps build support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, 1963 — A woman protester being arrested and led away by police © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

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Visit important places in Civil Rights History: 16th St. Baptist Church, the site of the 1963 bombing - Birmingham, Ala.

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Danny-Lyon-Colored-Only-Cab-Magnum-Birmingham, Alabama. 1963. Segregated cab service.

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sits in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama. October, 1967.

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Dr. Martin Luther King wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" after being arrested and booked April 12, 1963. King's heartfelt letter is considered the preeminent document of the Civil Rights Movement, appearing in hundreds of anthologies and designated as required reading for many students worldwide. It has been translated into 40 languages. (photo taken 1962)

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Alabama: Children who died in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. For a great account to read with children, see "The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963: by Christopher Paul Curtis. Google Image Result for

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