Civil Rights | Relations between blacks and whites have improved in what was once a hotbed of racist violence, but a lot of work remains
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/06/13, 01:00 am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Police believe that after midnight on Sept. 15, 1963, four white Klansmen planted 11 sticks of dynamite wrapped in paper in the basement stairwell of 16th Street Baptist Church, a Birmingham church founded by emancipated slaves in 1873. That September, the first few African-American children had integrated the white Birmingham public schools. The furious Klansmen set the timer on the bomb for Sunday morning.