Ballad Of Birmingham, By Dudley Randall

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The poem I chose to write about is called “Ballad of Birmingham,” by Dudley Randall, (Lit. Kirszner & Mandell, 2012 pg. 378 ). This poem is about one of the four little African-American girls that were killed in a church bombing that was orchestrated by white supremacists back in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. The 1960s were a tumultuous decade for America, particularly on the off chance that you lived in the southern portion of the nation. It was pretty obvious that the Southern states were still holding on to the segregation legislation that sanctioned racial isolation, known as the Jim Crow laws, that had been abolished since 1954 (Urofsky, 2015). The Jim Crow segregation laws discriminated against African-Americans with concern to attendance in public schools and the use of other amenities such as restaurants, theaters, hotels, and (at the time), community bathhouses. Trains and buses were also segregated and in many states matrimony between African-Americans and whites were strictly forbidden, (Black History, 2001-2016). Therefore, walks, protests, and dissentions sprung up everywhere throughout the nation in the backing of eradicating these laws in the South and restoring social equality to each American. But not everyone was ready to make that change, and consequently; this development was met with some really overwhelming reaction by people who wanted things to remain the same in the South, (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). Birmingham, Alabama was the main focal point
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