The year was 1963, and as the whole world watched, events in Birmingham sparked the beginning of the end of a centuries-long struggle for freedom. In the year leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the city’s most courageous citizens fought for a world where we could all live as equals. And this year, we celebrate their strength, their determination, their defiance—and the enduring legacy of their hard-won victory over oppression.
As he was gearing up to lead the fight against the status quo of
hatred and oppression in his hometown, Reverend Fred
Shuttlesworth sent a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inviting him
to join the movement in Birmingham. And somehow, the fiery young
pastor knew it was no exaggeration when he told King,