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The Unitarian Church at 701 Clinton Street in Huntsville was a white church led by Charles Blackburn which supported the civil rights movement. In the summer of 1963, the church established “practice integration” so that 5 year old Sonnie Hereford IV and 3 other young black children could get used to playing with white children before school started. Not realizing what all the fuss was about, in all there were about 15 children who just saw each other as children and enjoyed the play dates. Note on the picture below that the sign out front was honoring the 4 young girls who were murdered in Birmingham in September 1963.


  • Unitarian Universalist Church of America 701 Clinton Avenue

In The Shadows of Birmingham: The 1962-1963 Huntsville Civil Rights Movement,  J.Brandon Curnel, 2016

Beside the Troubled Waters: A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine, and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town, Dr. Sonnie W. Hereford III & Jack D. Ellis, 2011

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