The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd in Birmingham, Ala., in 1966. President Obama has designated an historic civil rights district in Birmingham as a national monument. JT/AP hide caption toggle caption JT/AP The Two-Way Obama Honors Civil Rights Movement With New National Monuments January 12, 2017 As his administration ends, Obama has protected more historic, cultural and natural sites than any other president before him. The new sites are in South Carolina and in Birmingham and Anniston, Ala.