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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (1996) tells the story of 10-year-old Kenny and his family from Michigan who journey to the American South in 1963 during a time of racial violence against African Americans; the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing is a centerpiece of the novel.

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Christopher Paul Curtis, 2014
Christopher Paul Curtis, 2014

A Reading Guide to The Watsons Go To Birmingham--1963 from Scholastic Book Files



Bringing The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 to the Middle School Classroom



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The Watsons Go To Birmingham Movie Trailer from YouTube


Full Movie from DailyMotiion

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Image by Andre Natta on Wikimedia Commons
Image by Andre Natta on Wikimedia Commons

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church from National Park Service


About the 1963 Birmingham Bombing from Modern American Poetry website

Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medal

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Birmingham Bombing from Civil Rights Digital Library



Read The New York Times account of the event



For Background on the Civil Rights Movement, see the following wiki pages