Healing from the events of 1963
“But for Birmingham, we would not be here today.” This statement, made by President John F. Kennedy at a meeting at the White House with Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, the architect of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other movement leaders. The struggles for freedom and equality that played out in the streets of Birmingham greeted citizens in the United States and people around the world every day and night by way of television news reports and screaming newspaper headlines. Sites of Memory such as Kelley Ingram Park, 16th Street Baptist Church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 4th Avenue Business District, AG Gaston Motel, Historic Bethel Baptist Church.