Freedom is a constant struggle: Birmingham's MLK march (with video)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After a wreath laying ceremony at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in the famous Kelly Ingram Park, hundreds marched from Birmingham City Hall to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The whole march was steeped in the past and present of civil rights struggle. (Video below)

Remembering the mighty history of the struggles against racism and discrimination, the march also joined in the many streams of struggle today for jobs, justice and equality. The modern-day Birmingham civil rights movement has been a vibrant center of struggle against Alabama's infamous anti-immigrant law.

The march ended in a rally at the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The Sixteenth Street Church was the scene of one of the most heinous acts of racist violence during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. On Sept. 15, 1963, Ku Klux Klan members detonated a powerful bomb at the church killing four young African American girls attending Sunday school.

The march was spirited and festive with singing and chanting, including standards of the civil rights movement and modern slogans.

Rev from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

Photo: (PW/Scott Marshall)

 

 

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  • The atrocity at the Sixteenth Street Baptist, one of the most horrid, indicative of genocide visited upon the great African American people, (see the present writer's Four Children and M L K in PA), was fought by M L K mentor Rev. Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth, (whose role in the Civil Rights revolution Scotty has covered in eulogy of this great people's champion Shuttlesworth).
    It is reminiscent of the murder of young Christina Taylor Greene of recent date, and how the violence and murder of fascistic forces stalks the American people as the racist Republican and tea party forces joke of assassination.
    After the Sixteenth Street KKK murders, M L K spoke at the funeral to 10,000, urging us to continue for a Civil Rights Bill, jobs and freedom. The world's people were outraged. The world's people are now outraged at the anti-immigration law in Alabama mentioned in Scotty's article.
    We must continue this righteous, spiritual, struggle and this sacred memory that Cynthia, Carole, Addie, Denise and now Christina, would not have been murdered in vain. We must do it with direct, concrete, and constant action, as M L K taught.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 01/20/2012 10:05am (3 years ago)

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