“[The girls] are having a good time. They are doing characteristically what is unique to each girl,” MacQueen said of how the sculpture looks. “It’s like three minutes before the bomb goes off, and there are just these beautiful, happy, wonderful, serious – all sorts of emotions.”
Young will receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award for his dedication to civil and human rights causes around the world.
More than three decades passed before the last two men involved in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing stood trial. Now the pictures used to build a case against the defendants are being showcased by the former U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – This Sunday the world remembers four little girls killed exactly fifty years ago in Birmingham.
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Empowerment Week’s Day of Commemoration continued with events remembering the four little girls who lost their lives in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963.
The unveiling of the Four Spirits, Inc. monument dedicated to the four girls who died in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963.
“There has not been much said about them,” MacQueen explained. “Even though it was not at the same site of the bombing, it still happened the same day later that afternoon.”
“What I do remember is it’s one of the first times I say my father cry,” King explained. “We were listening around the radio and I remember asking him what had happened and he said, ‘There’s been a bombing.’ My dad is from Birmingham, so he said, ‘There’s been a bombing in Birmingham and four little girls died.’ I had not concept of what that was.”
Seeking inspiration for a musical commission to mark the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, composer Yotam Haber turned to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Oral History Project. Combing through the files in the Alabama city, he came across a 1998 interview with Henrietta Tripp.
A look at the fight for equal rights in the state of Alabama fifty years ago, with a focus on the events that shaped the City of Birmingham and the State of Alabama’s struggle for civil rights.
The rehearsal is in preparation for a nationwide stage reading which will take place on September 15th, the anniversary of the 1963 bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
“The church was bombed on Sunday, I went home Monday morning, I went to school at 8 o’clock. We didn’t talk about it at school,” McKinstry explained.
Inside the 16th Street Baptist Church, the U.S. Conference of Mayors spoke out against bias, bigotry and poverty on Thursday. They also spoke about educating the next generation.
The Memorial honoring the 4 girls who lost their lives in the 16th Street Church bombing has been dropped off.
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“We’ve seen what hate can do, let’s choose love today. Sunday is a national day of forgiveness,” McKinstry said. “We’re asking pulpits across the country to speak and preach about healing and forgiveness. So we’re just asking everyone to walk on that journey.”
The Mural for All will be 22-feet tall and 36-feet wide when it’s all said and done.
Birmingham’s 50 Years Forward campaign has given everyone a chance to look back and compare the civil rights movement then and now.