Non-violent civil rights demonstrators advocating for an end to racial segregation being hosed by mobilized local police, from the 17 May Life magazine article 'Ominous Spectacle of Birmingham: Racial Hatreds Approach a Flashpoint as a City Counters Negroes' Crusade with Fire Hoses and Fighting Dogs,' Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 1963, photograph by Charles Moore.
The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, April 1963. In response to criticisms from local clergy that a man of the cloth should not encourage his followers to break the law, King famously penned his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" from this cell.
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 http://crossfitharlem.com/files/2012/02/4girls.jpg
Sarah Collins Rudolph is the fifth little girl who was injured in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls readying for Sunday school. Her sister was killed in the bombing. She lost an eye, suffered severe cuts throughout her body, and has endured years of surgery and medical problems as a result of the bombing --sometimes without health insurance- - and has lived in poverty for the past 50 years.