1963 16th street baptist church bombing

Civil Rights
10:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: Black Newspapers

The plaque honoring Emory Jackson sits outside Nelson Brothers Cafe in Birmingham.
Ryan Vasquez

Let’s put you in the position of a being black person living in the South during the Civil Rights Movement.

“If you picked up a white newspaper you as a black person didn’t exist,” says Craig Flournoy.

Flournoy is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University.

“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.

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Church Bombing Anniversary-Congress
4:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Congressional Black Caucus Marks Bomb Anniversary

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was among the members of Congress honoring four black girls at the Alabama church today where they died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing 50 years ago.
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Members of Congress are honoring four black girls at the Alabama church where they died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing 50 years ago.

About a dozen members of Congress applauded families of the girls during a commemoration Friday at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

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.

A bomb detonated outside the church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing the children.

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Civil Rights Movement
8:14 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Service to Start Church Bombing Anniversary Events

A small monument outside of the church remembering the 1963 bombing.
Ryan Vasquez/APR News

Birmingham is beginning five days of events linked to the 50th anniversary of the church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.

   Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in a day of service on Wednesday in the city.

   A memorial commemorating the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 also is planned in a downtown park, followed by musical acts and speakers.

   The events are the first of days of activities leading up to the anniversary of the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church on Sunday.

Church Bombing Anniversary
3:09 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Birmingham To Mark Anniversary Of Church Bombing

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.
Credit Hands On Birmingham

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.

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."

Events begin Wednesday and continue through Sunday, the anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963.

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Civil Rights Movement
8:31 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Statue of Birmingham Bombing Victims Heads to Ala

A sculpture of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims is expected to arrive in Alabama by next week. Here, birds are released into the air in this bronze and steel sculpture honoring the victims .
Roger Arvid Anderson

A memorial to four girls killed in a racist church bombing in Birmingham 50 years ago is headed to Alabama from California.

   A sculpture of the bombing victims is being shipped by truck from where it was created at the Mussi Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, Calif.

   It's scheduled to begin the trek eastward on Wednesday, and the sculpture is supposed to arrive in Alabama by next week.

   The piece will be installed and unveiled Sept. 14 at a downtown park near the scene of the bombing.

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Church Bombing-Memorial
4:51 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Group Nears Fund-Raising Goal For Bombing Memorial

Work on the bronze and steel sculpture is being done in Berkeley, Calif. Birmingham native and sculptor Elizabeth MacQueen created the design for the memorial.
Credit http://www.fourspirits1963.com/ / Four Spirits Inc.

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.

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.

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Church Bombing Dad-Prison
7:38 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Judge Orders Early Release of Bombing Victim's Dad

Chris McNair has been released from a prison medical facility. He's the father of Denise McNair, one of the four girls killed in the 16th Street church bombing in 1963.
blog.al.com

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.

   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.

   The U.S. Justice Department sought the release of the 87-year-old McNair on grounds of compassion.

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Civil Rights
5:58 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

A small monument outside of the church remembering the 1963 bombing.
Ryan Vasquez

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.

“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 agape love the godly type of love and agape is the Greek word for godly love.”

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Arts & Life
8:28 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Actor Jamie Foxx to Host Human Rights Show in Ala

Actor Jamie Foxx will host the BBVA Concert for Human Rights on September 14.
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Actor Jamie Foxx will host a concert next month in Birmingham to help mark the city's role in the civil rights movement.

   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.

   The show will include singer-songwriter Jill Scott and R&B performer Charlie Wilson.

   Foxx says in a statement he is looking forward to participating in the event, which will be held at the BJCC Arena.

Politics & Government
8:24 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Sponsors Sign On for Birmingham 'Empowerment Week'

More than 100 groups have signed on to sponsor an event coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the 16th Steet Baptist Church bombing.
crossfitharlem.com

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.

   The city's "Empowerment Week" is scheduled for Sept. 11-15, and groups have pledged more than $1 million to make it happen.

   The event will include a citywide day of service and panel discussions on the city's progress in the last half-century.

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Arts & Life
12:12 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

“No Remorse”: Prison Letters of Klansman Convicted in ’63 Birmingham Church Bombing

Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss was the first Klansman tried and convicted of the bombing in 1977, 14 years after the attack.
murderpedia.org

50 years ago, a bomb exploded at the 16th 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.

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.

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Politics & Government
6:47 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Obama to Sign Bill for Birmingham Bombing Victims

President Obama will sign a bill Friday, May 24 that awards the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the four girls killed in the '63 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
crossfitharlem.com

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.

   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.

   Also planning to attend are some family members of the four girls killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.