Charles Cleveland

Charlie ClevelandCharles Cleveland was born in Sylacauga, Alabama (the home of the Ku Klux Klan) and became one of several white attorneys who represented African American clients who were arrested during protests in Birmingham in the 1960s. Charlie was also one of the attorneys who worked to get rid of Bull Connor by changing the form of city government from a three-person commission to a mayor-council system. His wife Ruby was one of several Unitarian members of Friendship and Action, an integrated group of women who met regularly and participated in lunch counter sit-ins in the city in the 1960s.