Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

Civil Rights-16th Street
4:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Searching For Addie Mae Collins

Forensic genealogist Liesa Healy-Miller is making a final plea for help in finding Addie Mae Collins' final resting place in Greenwood Cemetery.
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As Birmingham prepares to remember the four little girls killed nearly 50 years ago in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing one woman is searching for answers. Liesa Healy-Miller is a forensic genealogist who is making a final plea for clues to where the final resting place is of one of the victims, Addie Mae Collins.

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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.

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 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.
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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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Church Bombing-Dad-Prison
4:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Feds Seek Early Release Of Bombing Victim's Dad

The government is seeking the early release from prison of Chris McNair who is the father of Denise McNair, one of the four black girls who was killed when Ku Klux Klansmen bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
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The government is seeking the early release from prison of a former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in Birmingham in 1963.

The Justice Department filed papers Thursday supporting the compassionate release of Chris McNair, a former Alabama county commissioner convicted of taking thousands of dollars in bribes.

McNair is 87 and suffers from numerous health problems. The request asks a judge to reduce McNair's five-year sentence to the time he's served since 2011.

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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Civil Rights Tourism: Birmingham
1:11 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Civil Rights Tourism: Birmingham

Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Bernice King, Governor Robert Bentley
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.

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Alabama Civil Rights Movement
6:37 am
Wed May 15, 2013

FBI, Civil Rights Leaders Meet on 50th Anniversary

FBI officials and civil rights leaders will talk about violations of the nation's civil rights laws at a conference held at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
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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.

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Birmingham Bombing - Congress
4:37 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Recognition Sought For Church Bombing Victims

Lawmakers want to honor the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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.

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Arts & Life
12:46 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Letters of Convicted Ala Church Bomber Now Open

Letter from Robert
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Birmingham's public library has a new resource about the city's civil rights history: Letters written from prison by one of three Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a deadly church bombing that killed four black girls.

The library obtained the letters written to and by Robert Chambliss and opened them for public use on Wednesday, the 35th anniversary of his trial.

Archives director Jim Baggett says Chambliss never admits any wrongdoing in the letters.

A retired agent says the FBI obtained the letters from a niece of Chambliss and gave them to the library.

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