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16th Street Baptist Church Essay

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The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was a popular meeting place for rights (people who use action and strong words to support or oppose something) in Birmingham, Alabama. Like many other churches during the 1960's, it gave a safe place for African Americans to crowd together and worship. That sense of safety was shattered on the morning of September 15th, 1963 when a few members of the Ku Klux Klan planted nineteen sticks of dynamite in the basement of the church, killing four innocent girls (Bracks 289). Some would argue the truly awful act directly sped up (a process) the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it showed the world no place was safe from the tension caused by the (the right to vote, to free speech, to fair and equal…show more content…
In fact, many churches became targets for those who were against the (the right to vote, to free speech, to fair and equal treatment, etc.,) movement. Four African American churches were bombed in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957. Later that year, two were burned in Bessemer, Alabama. In 1964, two African Americans were killed when a church used to register black people (who vote) was bombed (Simmparris). This went on for many years in many states because black churches shown (by using a physical object to represent an idea or emotion) the (the right to vote, to free speech, to fair and equal treatment, etc.,) movement as a whole. When black churches were burned in the 1960's, not only were their buildings physically knocked out/totally disabled, but their members often became socially (sick/unwilling) also. Many African American crowds were too afraid of being attacked to hold mass meetings or put into use new programs that would control (separating things/separating people by race, religion, etc.). Therefore, racially (gave a reason to do something) crimes (of setting things on fire), though unsuccessful in destroying the souls of black communities, managed to cause a big amount of harm on churches, their people in the audience, and surrounding communities
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