Tuesday, September 15, 2015

May We Move Forward



This day in 1963, a bomb ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and killed four young girls and injured more church members. It propelled the Civil Rights Movement forward to honor the lives lost that day. Our city had made great strides since that awful day, but we and our nation have a long way to go to erase racial prejudice in this country. May those lives lost be not in vain.

This sculpture, The Four Spirits, exquisitely created by Birmingham sculptor Elizabeth MacQueen is placed just across from the church in Kelly Ingram Park.

For more information, from people here in Birmingham who lived during this time in 1963, I urge you to visit, Kids in Birmingham in 1963. a site where many of us here in Birmingham, share our stories. 

3 comments:

William Kendall said...

A place I would love to visit someday.

Lowell said...

Dear Virginia, it so often seems we're moving backward. Racism is embedded in too many hearts and minds and in the systems which run our country. I'm very discouraged at this point. I remember very vividly the bombing of this church. I was in Chicago and involved peripherally with Jesse Jackson's Breadbasket movement.

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