In the documented history of Birmingham’s pivotal role in civil rights, a few names stand out — mainly the names of people who committed racial atrocities in 1963 or of people who led the marches that filled the jail cells and helped turn the nation around.
But there are thousands of other names, those of the people who were young enough to be in school yet old enough to recognize that we were witnesses to historic events. Some of us have written books or articles or spoken eloquently of what it was like to be a kid in Birmingham that year. Many more of us may only now be ready to tell our stories and share a fresh perspective on the Year of Birmingham.
Kids in Birmingham 1963 connects journalists, historians, and writers with those of us who want to tell Birmingham’s story as we lived it. While many of us still live in Alabama, others of us live throughout the U.S. and can offer a local angle on your story or research.
To contact any of our storytellers, please send an e-mail to KidsInBirmingham1963@gmail.com. Be specific about your request and your time frame. We will do our best to put you in contact with a storyteller in time for your report.
We have worked with journalists from Weld for Birmingham, The Birmingham News/AL.com, The Washington Post, and Wales Arts Review.