The Freedom Walk gave us a brief tour of Birmingham’s Civil Rights District from businesses picketed to art installations depicting the dogs and policemen even history hasn’t been able to ignore (thanks to video evidence and the media). The air was thick, the colors were bright, the sun was yellow, and still the walk started somber, which was precisely the effect the installations wanted to have.
Signs with historical information as well as quotes and histories of leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. are dispersed along the walk so you will have another to read every block. In some areas, there are even more to read, each leading you on your way through the district. We went on a weekday and still there were dozens of people stopped at each post, reading.
The most frequented area that day, further from the 16th Street hub, boasted bright colors and the words and art of children. It was near the end of the walk and it was hopeful because that’s what people want: hope.
– M. Ray Hall