WHAT A DISRESPECTFUL SCENE AT A HISTORICAL PARK!
Former Insite guest columnist Michael Gildon has moved from Baton Rouge, La. to Huntsville, Alabama. During his transition to his new home he made a stop in Birmingham. He said he was interested in seeing some of the city’s historical sites. But as we learn Gildon was very disappointed as reality sank in and everyone wasn’t interested in respecting history. Here’s what he had to say and some of the pictures he snapped for Insite readers:
I was excited about going to see a place where so much black history had taken place. Birmingham. The church bombing where the four little girls were killed, blacks were hosed, dogs turned lose on them and the attempt on Dr. King’s life. But after getting there I was like wtf???? First thing I saw were white kids skate boarding in the historical Kelly Ingram park where there was a sign clearly stating no skating. Also I saw homeless people set up on a make shift camp ground. Believe it or not I got a history lesson from a guy that I didn’t know as homeless until he asked for some change…Anyway you get the point of being made….What a disrespect to history and those who made it.
PARK HISTORY: Kelly Ingram Park is a four acre (16,000 m²) park located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is bounded by 16th and 17th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues North in the Birmingham Civil Rights District. The park, just outside the doors of the 16th Street Baptist Church, served as a central staging ground for large-scale demonstrations during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.