#OnThisDay November 18, 1977 white supremacist Robert E. Chambliss was convicted of 1st degree murder in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Addie Mae Collins, Carol Robertson, Denise McNair and Cynthia Wesley were killed.

Don't know about this? #Gladyouasked.
Let me warn you right now - this thread might be triggering. The longer thread about this church and the bombing is here - when the first thread runs out, just click on the next one for the finish.
Black-owned homes, schools, churches and businesses were ROUTINELY bombed by the KKK during the civil rights era. They didn't care if someone was home or not - all you had to be was Black and exercising your Constitutional rights. Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth's home was bombed.
Who was Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth?

Glad you asked.

A leader of the MS NAACP, Vernon Dahmer, was murdered when his home was bombed. Those are his sons who were overseas defending our country staring at what remained of their home.
Rather than integrate because of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the KKK BOMBED ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS in my late wife's home town of Nashville, TN. She had to put off going to kindergarten for a year. STILL graduated from Harvard Law.
The home of future Nobel Peace Prize recipient, civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was bombed one month after helping to lead the Montgomery, AL bus boycott.
Why did it take so long to get to Chambliss? All fingers point at the racist director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. A May 13, 1965 FBI memo identified Chambliss, Bobby Frank Cherry, Herman Frank Cash and Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. as suspects.
So what did Hoover do? The same damn thing he did with the investigation of the assassination of Malcolm X.




When the FBI building is renovated, the FIRST thing that must happen is to take this fool's name off the front door.🤬
Thank GOD for the FOIA. The files were used by Alabama attorney general Bill Baxley to reopen the case in 1971. He won the case. In 1977 Chambliss was convicted of murder for the bombing and sentenced to several terms of life imprisonment.
Let me go back a little to just illustrate how racism and hate works. The public funeral for three of the girls attracted over 8,000 people, but not one city or state official attended.

While no one was immediately arrested for the bombing (remember Hoover sat on the evidence) 23 Black people had been arrested for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to “being drunk and loitering,” mostly in the vicinity of the church.🤬
Shocker alert. One Black young person was gunned down by police after he threw rocks at passing cars with white passengers. Of the four involved in the bombing, Robert Chambliss was tried for murder first.
He was convicted in 1977 + died in prison in 1985. Cherry and Blanton were convicted of murder in in 2002 and 2001, respectively, and they were both sentenced to life in prison. Cherry died in 2004. The last one, Herman Cash, died in 1994 b/f charges could be filed.
FIN/May Robert E. Chambliss and his racist, hate-filled colleagues, continue to burn in the eternal pit of Hell.



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