1963 May 10

“Bombingham:” Racists Bomb Birmingham Motel


Birmingham, Alabama, acquired the nickname “Bombingham” in the 1960s because of the many bombs directed at anyone involved in the civil rights movement. In the spring of 1963, Birmingham was the scene of massive civil rights demonstrations that were among the most important events of the civil rights era. See, for example, the pivotal events on May 2, 1963, and May 3, 1963.

On this day, the A. G. Gaston Motel, where many civil rights leaders stayed during the protracted civil rights protests stayed, was the target. The most notorious bombing involved the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, on September 15, 1963, in which four African-American girls were killed.

Read: Diane McWhorter, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution (2001)

Find original documents about the Birmingham struggle: http://www.crmvet.org/docs/bhamdocs.htm

Watch a documentary on the civil rights struggle in Birmingham, 1963: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCxE6i_SzoQ

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