ALABAMA REMEMBERS THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. By Ann-Marie Peirano. During the 1950s and 1960s Alabama was the site of some of the most intense Civil Rights struggles in the country. Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa led the resistance against inequality, racism, and hatred.
ALABAMA REMEMBERS THE CIVIL RIGHTSMOVEMENT
By Ann-Marie Peirano
The Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama
In 1989 the Southern Poverty Law Center dedicated the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Maya Lin created the structure, which is made of black granite and honors forty individuals who gave their lives fighting for civil rights.
The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church was the rallying place for participants of the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott.
The name of the church was changed to Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who served as pastor from 1954 until 1960.
The Civil Rights Movement in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
George Wallace attempted to block Vivian Malone and James Hood from enrolling at The University of Alabama.
In 1965, Vivian Malone became the first African American to graduate from The University of Alabama.
James Hood returned to the University in 1997 to earn his doctorate.
The Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama
The site of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
The sign outside of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Robert E. Chambliss, Thomas Blanton Jr., and Bobby Frank Cherry were convicted of the bombing. Cherry was not convicted until 2002.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute honors those who fought for human dignity during the Civil Rights Movement.
The Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama
Brown Chapel AME Church was the starting place for the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.
Brown Chapel AME Church
The Church also housed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) for several months in 1965.
Civil rights demonstrators marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
The National Voting Rights Museum, located in Selma, Alabama, commemorates the struggle to bring about the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In Selma there are many memorials honoring the Civil Rights Movement.