March 6, 1960: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham. King was the guest preacher during 'Men's Day' services.
Dec. 26, 1956: Six days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Montgomery city buses must integrate, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and others challenged the law in Birmingham by joining white passengers on a city bus.
June 5, 1956: The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth preaches at Sardis Baptist Church in Birmingham on the night heled the foundation of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights - a week after Alabama Attorney General John Patterson outlawed the NAACP.
December 26, 1956: Civil Rights leaders including the Rev. Charles Billups, left and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, second from right, en route to a Birmingham City Council meeting where the issue of integrated buses is to be discussed.
April 4, 1961: A single, dangling lightbulb and a coal-burning stove show the conditions at some black schools in Jefferson County. Birmingham schools were not integrated until September 1963.
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