After nearly 40 days of protest, the business leaders of Birmingham agreed on a compromise, due to their loss of customers from the segregation protests. Unfortunately, the deals were not upheld. Governor George Wallace said the compromise was not by legitimate business dealers of the city. The KKK bombed the hotel they believed was occupied by Dr. King, who had already left the premises. As blacks rallied around the hotel, they were met with dogs and police brutality.
The stories of the resistance and fight in Birmingham, Alabama is told in a new book by Jonathan Reider’s book entitled “Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King Jr.’ s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation.”
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