Congressional Gold Medal http://apr.org en Obama to Sign Bill for Birmingham Bombing Victims http://apr.org/post/obama-sign-bill-birmingham-bombing-victims <p>President Barrack Obama plans to sign a bill Friday that awards the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Alabama Reps. Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus sponsored the bill, which received final approval May 9. Sewell told al.com (http://bit.ly/Z0FxeP ) that some members of Alabama's congressional delegation will attend the signing ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Friday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Also planning to attend are some family members of the four girls killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:47:51 +0000 The Associated Press 30941 at http://apr.org Obama to Sign Bill for Birmingham Bombing Victims Recognition Sought For Church Bombing Victims http://apr.org/post/recognition-sought-church-bombing-victims <P>Nearly 50 years ago, white supremacists planted a bomb in a Birmingham, Ala., church that killed four young girls preparing to worship. It was an act of terror that shocked the country and propelled the Congress to pass that historic 1964 Civil Rights Act. Lawmakers now want to honor those victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow.</P> <P>Democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Republican Rep. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:37:59 +0000 The Associated Press 23560 at http://apr.org Recognition Sought For Church Bombing Victims