The Watsons go to Birmingham

Chapter 14

Every Bird and Bug in Birmingham Stops and Wonders

During the bombing four kids died while attending Sunday School at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Following the bombing 6 more kids died in Birmingham. :(
16th Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963

Why was Birmingham so important?

It was a KKK stronghold and King described it as America’s worst city for racism. City businessmen actually believed that racism held back the city but their voices were usually quiet. In recent years, the KKK had castrated an African American; pressured the city to ban a book from book stores as it contained pictures of black and white rabbits and wanted black music banned on radio stations.

ML King's Connections

Martin Luther King’s brother was also a pastor in the city so family connections helped the role of SCLC.(Southern Christian Leadership Conference)