The Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church

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On September 15, 1963, two and a half weeks after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a dynamite bomb set by members of the Ku Klux Klan erupted, just as twenty six children walked into the basement assembly room of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four girls, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, were killed, and 22 others were injured. Photographs of the bombing’s aftermath–including the iconic image of blinded Sarah Jean Collins in her hospital bed–shocked the nation and helped give an emotional push for the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Click here to read Jon Meacham’s full story about the 50th anniversary of the bombing.

More Photography from Time

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4Cnythia
4Cnythia

During the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on September 10, 2013, Congresswoman Teri Sewell stated one of the awardees, Cynthia Wesley, is known by her family and legal documents as Cynthia Morris. Cynthia Morris' true identity can be proven by her birth certificate and an amended death certificate issued by the state of Alabama. Why her true identity has not been known prior to now is not clear. But it is a fact, Cynthia Wesley's true name is Cynthia Diane Morris born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie and Estelle Morris. 


TenaciousJim
TenaciousJim

In the long term blacks here and in Europe will turn white anyway since they have left the area where their bodies adapted to the environment by becoming darker.  The same way the Africans who left Africa 60,000 years ago became white, arabic and asian.

TenaciousJim
TenaciousJim

From an Atlanta Journal story written by a Black reporter.

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2013/08/22/black-on-black-crime/

"According to FBI data, 4,906 blacks killed other blacks in 2010 and 2011. To put that number in context, that is more than the total number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq over the last decade. To put it another way, more black Americans killed other blacks in two years than were lynched from 1882 to 1968, according to the Tuskegee Institute."

applefellup
applefellup

In the meantime...whites have ceased terrorizing blacks. This has led, predictably, to their becoming prey for blacks, as they have lost all fear of whites.

mscen221
mscen221

@applefellup YOU have a small "mind", IF you have a mind at all.  The overwhelming number of black Americans, including ME, have no fear of our fellow white Americans, but we are not making them "prey". YOU seem to watch too much television, and stay on the internet too much.  YOU also seem to be a bit PARANOID.  I will clue YOU in:  Black people like white people (Like ALL humans) are INDIVIDUALS with individual traits.  Some of us are hateful; some are loving/friendly; some are patient; some are impatient; some are kind; some are not kind; some are old; some are young/middle age; some are wise; some are foolish; some are smart; some are not smart; some are lazy; some are energetic;  some are materialistic; some don't care for "things"; some are fat; some are skinny (With every shape between); some are extroverts; some are introverts; some can sing and dance; some like me cannot sing nor dance;  some are happy; some are unhappy; ad infinitum. In other words, STOP STEREOTYPING!  If you see one black person, YOU don't see ALL black people. 

HikaruSulu
HikaruSulu

@mscen221 @applefellup Rage? Anger? That is why we moved away. You're mostly Okay, unless we accidently say the wrong thing, then you smash em in the face and knock down the uppity White. White have to submit and live in fear of Mount St Blackman erupting violently at any moment. It's just too much fear for most to tolerate.

AnotherOne
AnotherOne

@mscen221 @applefellup 

Anti-whitism is a disease.

You're not trying to deny White Genocide. You're trying to justify it.

Stop White Genocide. Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-white.


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