During the of the 1950s and 1960s, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, , served as an organizing center for rallies and marches for racial desegregation, the process of ending the enforced separation of blacks and whites in public places. Many renowned civil rights leaders, such as Fred L. Shuttlesworth (1922–), Dick Gregory (1932–), (1926–1990), and (1929–1968), used the church as their headquarters at one time or another.
Citation Link - Benson, Sonia, et al. "Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing." UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History, vol. 1, UXL, 2009, pp. 159-160. U.S. History in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX3048900072/UHIC?u=ingl29443&xid=0929d884. Accessed 20 Mar. 2018.