Birmingham was an innovative city in the fight for civil rights. Its residents used every available avenue, from the courts to the streets, to challenge legally enforced racism. They were tenacious in their pursuit of justice, putting their bodies on the line and making sacrifices for the cause. Birmingham’s activists exposed and challenged segregation laws and unequal practices, inspiring others across the country to take up the fight. The success of their efforts reverberated nationwide as courts struck down discriminatory laws and practices. Today, Birmingham’s legacy as an innovative city that embraced new strategies in the fight for equality continues to inspire activists and advocates for social justice.
Click the numbers on each image below to learn more information.