I headed east into Birmingham proper from the vintage motorsports museum to the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Not just one statue or building, this monument encompasses about four downtown Birmingham city blocks. Multiple landmarks associated with the American Civil Rights movement are located within this area, including the A.G. Gaston Motel which served as the headquarters for the Birmingham Campaign of 1963. Unfortunately, the hotel is closed for renovations, but I was able to visit several other important sites.
I didn’t plan on this post appearing on the same day designated to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but it is a fitting post for it nonetheless. Though he believed in non-violence, I’ve been learning that he was far from the watered-down version of selective quotes typically posted on this day. If you’re like me and crave context to make sense of events, then I hope that you will read the full text version of “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”