“It Began in Birmingham” reading at Samford

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Birmingham played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement. Samford University held an event Thursday to make sure every generation remembers the struggle.

High school students from around the city attended a dramatic reading of, “It Began in Birmingham.” It explores the events that led up to the Ollie’s Barbecue case. In 1964, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress acted within its powers when it upheld the Civil Rights Act, forbidding racial discrimination in the restaurant. Students got a chance to see what discrimination was like before, and after the ruling, and how it impacts them today.

“We couldn’t have a feel for everything that was happening back then. We get to do what we want, we get to walk into restaurants we want to, we can go skate where we want to, in any park and there’s no segregation for us.  So to see something like this is kind of like a jump back in time and it gives us a better understanding of what happened then and how it’s different from now.” - Demarquise Godfrey, Parker High Senior

The event is part of the continuing effort by the Birmingham Bar Foundation to highlight key moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

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