This podcast is part of the series: BCRI Oral History
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Born in Cassville, Georgia in 1928, Lamar Weaver moved with his mother, a nurse, to Birmingham when he was in elementary school. The family lived in a downtown neighborhood where he played with Italian, Jewish and Black children, often getting into trouble. By the time he graduated from high school, Weaver had become a Christian. He decided to enter the ministry and the Civil Rights Movement, which was getting underway in Birmingham. In addition, Weaver ran for public office against Bull Conner in the City of Birmingham.
In order to pay the bills while he was in Bible College, he worked as an ambulance driver and metallurgist for Tennessee Coal & Iron (TCI). Weaver's employment came to an end in early March of 1957 after he accompanied Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and his wife, Ruby Shuttlesworth, to the Union Terminal Station in downtown Birmingham where the three shared a bench in the "Whites only" waiting room. Listen to Lamar Weaver describe the scene at Terminal Station and the reaction of an angry White mob to his involvement in the Shuttlesworth's attempt to desegregate that public facility.