56 years ago - Sept. 15, 1963, we witnessed the deadliest terroristic act of the Civil Rights Era. Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair were all murdered and many other people injured when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama–a church with a predominantly black congregation that served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders.
On September 15, 1963, four KKK members bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a rallying point, meeting place and voter registration site. The bombing killed four precious little girls, Addie Mae Collins 14, Denise McNair 11, Carol Robertson 14 and Cynthia Wesley 14. I never choose to celebrate the anniversary of someone's death. I acknowledge it, meditate on it and still can never understand why any innocent life was taken based on the color of their skin. This is our history! But, it was our parents and grandparents reality! My parents were younger than these little girls at the time of the fire. So, when people say things like..."it didn't happen in your lifetime. So, stop dwelling on it." How can I when the people who raised me did live through it? #knowyourhistory#neverforget#innocentlivesmatter#stopracism#birminghamalabama#civilrightshistory#sunday#blacklivesmatter#blackgirlsmatter#remembering#rememberthem
Repost with added content • @tim_bae It is said that they were found all together. Their bodies close. Two of them were so close their limbs touched. Sunday dresses tattered. Bodies shattered. Beautiful lives taken by people who thought they didn't matter. They did and they do. A moment to remember Denise, Carole, Addie Mae and Cynthia. Our Four Little Girls. On the 56th anniversary of their murder.
Different year, same warmth. To the most important people in Hall 💗 Cheerios to the the familia who have all taken up key leadership roles and achieved so much in the past year. Super proud of @etcelestetc for being such a wonderful emcee and taking up the role of Chief Events AY19/20 @the_summer_soiree#thesummersoiree#neverforget
ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1963, four little girls – Denise, Carole, Cynthia and Addie Mae – were murdered when white supremacists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Two African-American boys also were killed that day: Virgil Ware, 13, was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bike when he was shot by 16-year-old Larry Sims, who served just six months in a juvenile detention center. Johnny Robinson,16, was shot in the back by a police officer. The officer alleged Robinson was throwing rocks at cars. #NEVERFORGET
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“We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. Here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice” - George W. Bush
Year 2 of taking the girls to climb in honor of the 343 that lost their lives on 9/11. May they learn the magnitude of that day and the importance of never forgetting 🇺🇸