|In 1963 the
world turned its attention to Birmingham, Alabama as peaceful civil
rights demonstrators faced police dogs and fire hoses in a battle
for freedom and equality. Later that year four girls died in the
bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. "It was the year of
Birmingham," Martin Luther King, Jr. said at the time. Today,
Birmingham is now recognized around the world as a symbol of both
racial intolerance and racial reconciliation.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Birmingham's civil rights
struggle, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring the Year
of Birmingham, a 12-month series of lectures, documentary
films, performances and panel discussions.
Letter From Birmingham Jail
On April 16th, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his
Letter from Birmingham Jail, participants worldwide read King's
Letter in celebration. Participants hosted public readings from the
Letter at various locations around the globe.
Read more about his
worldwide event. Photographs and videos of many of the locations are
also available for viewing.
Submit a Photo
The Library is collecting snapshots for an
The public is invited to participate.
BhamWiki: Birmingham in
Birmingham Fifty Years Forward
UAB: Fifty Years
Read It Forward
Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Visit any BPL
location and pick up a free copy of The Watsons Go to
Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (while supplies
Read the Book
Enter the book's tracking identification number and leave a comment
Pass the book forward for someone else to read
in to track your book as it travels
from reader to reader.
See what others have to say about this book.
Birmingham City Council Scrapbooks
Civil Rights Movement Photographs
(Link to his papers is not included.
See link below)
Interviews with Civil Rights Activists
King, Martin Luther Jr.
Ku Klux Klan Scrapbook
Shuttlesworth, Fred L
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing
Theophilus Eugene Bull Connor Papers
|Birmingham 1963 Civil Rights
Timeline Source: Wright, Barnett.
1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement changed America
and the world
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