Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sept 15, 1963

48 years ago today, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

They would be in their mid-60's had the terrorist's bomb not exploded. Cynthia Wesley, 14, would be 62 today. Denise McNair, 11, would be 59 today. Carol Robertson and Addie Mae Collins, also 14 would be 62 today. Johnny Robinson, 16, and Virgil Wade, 13 were killed by the Birmingham Police while restoring order. They would be 64 and 61 respectively. Their deaths and lives lost were one of the many tragedies which was a part of the Civil Rights Movement.

The right to vote was not gained without sacrifice and loss.

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