Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

African American churches became centers for the civil rights movement in Birmingham in 1963. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was one of several gathering points for civil rights demonstrators advancing the Birmingham Movement, a months-long, citywide effort to fight segregation. Even as Martin Luther King, Jr. used the church as a staging area for marches, however, […]

Dr. Martin Luther King holding a press conference following his release from the Birmingham city jail, where he wrote “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” on April 16, 1963

Taken by Birmingham photographer Chris McNair, father of Denise McNair—one of the four girls killed when members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963—this photo depicts civil rights leaders the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, and Rev. Ralph David Abernathy holding a news […]