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Today in history

Addie Mae Collins, 14
Carol Denise McNair, 14
Carole Robertson, 14
Cynthia Diane Wesley, 11

Fifty-six years ago, September 15, 1963, these four girls were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, a domestic act of terror perpetrated by the KKK.
At 10:21 a.m., dynamite exploded.

Addie's sister Susan survived but was permanently blinded.

This was not unlike the Charleston SC church shooting of 2015, although it was far less personal.

Birmingham was the most segregated city in the US in 1963. Since its construction in 1911, 16th Street Baptist served as the cultural center for the city's African American community.

Two months later - November 22, 1963 - JFK would be assassinated.

One man was convicted 14 years later, in 1977.

Doug Jones, now US Senator from Alabama, brought two additional men to justice, DECADES after the bombing.

My native South has much to atone for.

Never forget.
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