1963 16th street baptist church bombing http://apr.org en How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: Black Newspapers http://apr.org/post/how-media-covered-civil-rights-movement-black-newspapers <p>Let’s put you in the position of a being black person living in the South during the Civil Rights Movement.</p><p>“If you picked up a white newspaper you as a black person didn’t exist,” says Craig Flournoy.</p><p>Flournoy is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University.</p><p>“There was no record of you being born, no record of you graduating from high school much less college, no record of you getting married, no record of your promotion and no record of you dying,” he says.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:50:38 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 43094 at http://apr.org How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: Black Newspapers Congressional Black Caucus Marks Bomb Anniversary http://apr.org/post/congressional-black-caucus-marks-bomb-anniversary <p></p><p>Members of Congress are honoring four black girls at the Alabama church where they died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing 50 years ago.</p><p>About a dozen members of Congress applauded families of the girls during a commemoration Friday at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.</p><p>Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia recalled crying at the sight of the church after the blast. The Alabama native was a civil rights organizer at the time.</p><p>A bomb detonated outside the church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing the children.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:07:58 +0000 The Associated Press 37877 at http://apr.org Congressional Black Caucus Marks Bomb Anniversary Service to Start Church Bombing Anniversary Events http://apr.org/post/service-start-church-bombing-anniversary-events <p>Birmingham is beginning five days of events linked to the 50th anniversary of the church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in a day of service on Wednesday in the city.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A memorial commemorating the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 also is planned in a downtown park, followed by musical acts and speakers.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The events are the first of days of activities leading up to the anniversary of the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church on Sunday.<br> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:14:32 +0000 The Associated Press 37664 at http://apr.org Service to Start Church Bombing Anniversary Events Birmingham To Mark Anniversary Of Church Bombing http://apr.org/post/birmingham-mark-anniversary-church-bombing <p></p><p></p><p>The city of Birmingham is planning five days of events with political leaders, artists and ordinary citizens to observe the 50th anniversary of a church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.</p><p>Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, director Spike Lee and actor Jamie Foxx are among those participating in what's being called "Empowerment Week."</p><p>Events begin Wednesday and continue through Sunday, the anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 20:09:35 +0000 The Associated Press 37501 at http://apr.org Birmingham To Mark Anniversary Of Church Bombing Statue of Birmingham Bombing Victims Heads to Ala http://apr.org/post/statue-birmingham-bombing-victims-heads-ala <p>A memorial to four girls killed in a racist church bombing in Birmingham 50 years ago is headed to Alabama from California.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A sculpture of the bombing victims is being shipped by truck from where it was created at the Mussi Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, Calif.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; It's scheduled to begin the trek eastward on Wednesday, and the sculpture is supposed to arrive in Alabama by next week.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The piece will be installed and unveiled Sept. 14 at a downtown park near the scene of the bombing.<br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:31:19 +0000 The Associated Press 37229 at http://apr.org Statue of Birmingham Bombing Victims Heads to Ala Group Nears Fund-Raising Goal For Bombing Memorial http://apr.org/post/group-nears-fund-raising-goal-bombing-memorial <p></p><p>Planners of a memorial to honor the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham say they are nearing their goal of raising $250,000.</p><p>Four Spirits Inc. on Sunday announced that collections and commitments for the design, construction and installation of the project have surpassed $200,000. Four Spirits Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed to collect money and establish the memorial.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 21:51:33 +0000 The Associated Press 37127 at http://apr.org Group Nears Fund-Raising Goal For Bombing Memorial Judge Orders Early Release of Bombing Victim's Dad http://apr.org/post/judge-orders-early-release-bombing-victims-dad <p>A former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963 has been released from a prison medical facility after a judge sided with an Obama administration call to free him.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Peggy Sanford is a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Birmingham. She said that Chris McNair was released from prison hours after U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued her ruling.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The U.S. Justice Department sought the release of the 87-year-old McNair on grounds of compassion.<br> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:38:28 +0000 The Associated Press 36971 at http://apr.org Judge Orders Early Release of Bombing Victim's Dad How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing http://apr.org/post/how-media-covered-civil-rights-movement-16th-street-baptist-church-bombing <p>September 15th, 1963 started off just like any other Sunday for Barbara Cross with morning Sunday school class down in the basement of 16th Street Baptist Church.</p><p>“Our Sunday school lesson that day was “A Love That Forgives” I’ll never forget that as long as I live,” says Cross. “In my class particular we discussed the scripture from Matthew the fifth chapter talking about&nbsp;agape love the godly type of love and agape is&nbsp;the Greek word for godly love.”</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:58:31 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 36454 at http://apr.org How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Actor Jamie Foxx to Host Human Rights Show in Ala http://apr.org/post/actor-jamie-foxx-host-human-rights-show-ala <p>Actor Jamie Foxx will host a concert next month in Birmingham to help mark the city's role in the civil rights movement.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The BBVA Concert for Human Rights will be held on Sept. 14, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the deadly bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The show will include singer-songwriter Jill Scott and R&amp;B performer Charlie Wilson.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Foxx says in a statement he is looking forward to participating in the event, which will be held at the BJCC Arena.<br> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:28:50 +0000 The Associated Press 36021 at http://apr.org Actor Jamie Foxx to Host Human Rights Show in Ala Sponsors Sign On for Birmingham 'Empowerment Week' http://apr.org/post/sponsors-sign-birmingham-empowerment-week <p>The city of Birmingham says more than 100 companies, churches and other groups have signed on to sponsor an event coinciding with the 50th anniversary of a church bombing that killed four black girls.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The city's "Empowerment Week" is scheduled for Sept. 11-15, and groups have pledged more than $1 million to make it happen.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The event will include a citywide day of service and panel discussions on the city's progress in the last half-century.<br> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:24:02 +0000 The Associated Press 35644 at http://apr.org Sponsors Sign On for Birmingham 'Empowerment Week' “No Remorse”: Prison Letters of Klansman Convicted in ’63 Birmingham Church Bombing http://apr.org/post/no-remorse-prison-letters-klansman-convicted-63-birmingham-church-bombing <p>50 years ago, a bomb exploded at the 16<sup>th</sup> street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Four young girls were killed in the blast. It would take 14 years before the first Klansman was tried and convicted in the bombing. Robert Chambliss was found guilty of his part in the attack.</p><p>He wound up at the St. Clair County Correctional Facility, about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham. It’s here where Chambliss wrote letters to his family during his time in prison.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:12:04 +0000 Maggie Martin 35223 at http://apr.org “No Remorse”: Prison Letters of Klansman Convicted in ’63 Birmingham Church Bombing 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