September 15, 1963 - Birmingham Sunday - 50 Years Ago Today
The four girls killed in the bombing (Clockwise from top left, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair) On a Sunday exactly 50 years ago In Birmingham, Alabama, a senseless, racially motivated attack occured on September 15, 1963. Members of the Ku Klux Klan dynamited the basement of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church during Sunday School and 4 little girls lost their lives, Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14) died and 22 other people were injured on that fateful Sunday. The cowardly bigots of Birmingham showed us the stuff they were made of that day but what's more important was that they also demonstrated the strength of will, of all the Black people of that city who were not broken by this or any of the other atrocities perpetrated by these viscious racists. While it's important to remember these terroristic acts of bigotry and cowardice it is even more important to remember that the children of Birmingham were not simply victims. The children of Birmingham, in the face of grave personal peril, courageously played a vital role in the acquisition of their civil rights. They left a legacy, which must be acknowledged and continued in order for their acts to not have been done in vain. Web Prospector Birmingham’s Child Heroes By Steve Theunissen (excerpt) "And so it was that on May 2nd, more than one thousand Black students sk...