This podcast is part of the series: BCRI Oral History
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Carrie Hamilton Lock, the daughter of Florida and William Hamilton, was born in Birmingham in 1949. Both of her parents were actively involved in many aspects of the Movement, as were most of her neighbors in the Rising community. During the 1963 demonstrations in downtown Birmingham, Lock was a student at Parker High School. She marched and attended mass meetings with friends and family. One year later, at the beginning of the 1964-'65 school year, Lock walked into Birmingham's West End High School amid jeers from a mob of White protestors who did not wish to see public schools integrated. She was the only Black student to attend the school that year. Listen to Lock recall that first day of school at West End High.