David Walbert

David Walbert, the son of Birmingham human rights activist Eileen Walbert, participated as a child and teenager in multiple interracial activities during the 1950s and 1960s, particularly at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, which was the gathering place for progressives in the city. He participated in the Concerned White Citizens march in Selma on March 6, 1965, the day before Bloody Sunday, to push for voter registration for African Americans. He made the front page of the Birmingham Independent, a racist newspaper, and was labeled a “communist” by both the paper and by some of his high school classmates because of his open support for integration and racial justice.