On This Day: Bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL

The bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls galvanized a civil rights movement. Clips include interviews with the church's pastor and a survivor of the bombings, as well as a congressional awards ceremony. With these testimonials, scholars consider the legacy of the tragic day. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video clips to supplement a lesson on the civil rights movement
  • Show the video of a bombing survivor to talk about how firsthand accounts enhance the study of history
Classroom Considerations
  • To show the videos, teachers need a free C-SPAN Classroom account or use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
Pros
  • Clips are short and easy to integrate into classroom instruction
  • Videos include gripping photos of the bombing
Cons
  • None