Did you know about the Birmingham Church Bombing?
On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded as a group of children were walking into the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., – a church that served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders. Four little girls — ages 11 and 14 — were killed in the explosion that blew a hole through the church wall and shattered its windows. Outrage over the incident and the clash between protesters and police that followed drew national attention to the Civil Rights movement.
In recognition of the bombing’s 50th anniversary, Alabama’s congressional delegation has submitted a bill asking for a Congressional Medal of Honor in recognition of the four little girls. The bill includes recognition for two boys who were killed that same day.
Information for this fact was provided by Ida E. Jones, national director of The Association of Black Women Historian, and Karen May, a member of ABWH.