The Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

Alan Spears

On childhood trips to Gettysburg, historian Alan Spears walked the fields of Pickett’s charge and first visualized the violence and unexpected heroism of the war to end slavery.

Alan learned how our historic sites can reveal a more inclusive version of the complex story of America. He tells of Martin Luther King’s campaign to end segregation in Birmingham and asks us, at a time of rising intolerance, to heed the lessons of the tragic bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church.

“The land is teaching us, is telling us that we’re better than this. All we have to do is take the lesson to heart.” Tweet & share.