Birmingham played a major role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, thanks to the courage of those who persevered despite opposition and physical threats. On September 16, 1963, the day after the horrific bombing of the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, attorney Charles Morgan, Jr., stood before a civic-group, made up of all white men, and delivered a powerful speech in which he indicted all present for being silent against racism, making them as guilty as the hateful people who planted the bomb at the church that killed four innocent young black girls, and injured many others.
Charles Morgan, Jr.’s words still ring true today, as Black lives are repeatedly taken violently and unjustifiably as Black Americans continue to face racism in various forms. The Morgan Project was founded on June 1, 2020, by a group of YMBC members, a long-standing civic group in Birmingham, to provide active and meaningful programs that work to teach and celebrate Black history. Our mission is to teach civil rights through Birmingham’s history of conflict and courage.