Birmingham Daughter. Civil Rights Scholar. Writer. Educator.
May 3, 2016
During my civil rights pilgrimage, I could not help but notice how beautiful the city would have been during the 1963 Birmingham Campaign. In Kelly Ingram Park, which some refer to as “ground zero” for those demonstrations, I was especially struck by the juxtaposition between the ugliness of police dogs and fire hoses turned on nonviolent protestors and the beauty of pink azaleas, red roses, green grass, and white baby’s breath. Iconic photographs from the time, which focus on urban uprising, don’t capture the irony.