Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church

Stan Ingold

All year long on Alabama Public Radio we’re looking back on pivotal moments in the fight for civil rights. Many of the landmarks in the battle against segregation can voter discrimination are now tourist attractions. We have already looked at sites in Selma and Montgomery on Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and now we head to Birmingham.

A group of fast food workers and others are traveling from Huntsville to Montgomery for a rally in support of local control of minimum wages.

Workers will be joined by clergy, community supporters, and elected officials. The group will be meeting this morning at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham before holding a rally at the state Capitol in Montgomery at 1 PM.


The national group of mayors is proposing a 10-point plan to end racism and discrimination in America.

The blueprint released Thursday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors includes speaking out against bias, reducing poverty and working to reduce disparities between whites, blacks and Hispanics in prison sentencing.

In cities, the mayors say want to promote inclusion and tolerance and help integrate immigrants into communities. / 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.

Birmingham's FBI office and the Civil Rights Institute will examine violations of the nation's civil rights laws at its annual public conference on civil rights and law enforcement.

   "Fifty Years Forward-Toward Progress and Partnership" will be held at the 16th Street Baptist Church May 19 and 20. The church was bombed 50 years ago. Rev. Carolyn McKinstry and FBI agents will share perspectives on the 1963 church bombing and its aftermath.

Birmingham News/Birmingham Bar Foundation

More than 1,000 students are retracing a landmark civil rights march in Birmingham.

Students from a dozen high schools and colleges marched from the city's 16th Street Baptist Church on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Children's Crusade against racial segregation in 1963.

The Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery will offer free admission Saturday in remembrance of the 49th anniversary of the deaths of four girls killed in a bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

The church was a center for civil rights meetings and marches. It was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members on Sept. 15, 1963, killing four school girls who were preparing for a church service. Killed were Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Three former Klansmen were later convicted of the bombing.