‘Four little girls’ of Birmingham remembered: Bill seeks to award ’63 church bombing victims

four little girlsIt’s been nearly 50 years since four young girls were killed after members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a bomb at their Sunday school in Birmingham, Ala., simply because of the color of their skin. But five decades later, lawmakers have moved one step closer to posthumously awarding the “four little girls,” as they are known by some, with the Congressional Gold Medal, proving that their memory remains seared into our national consciousness.

“These children, unoffending, innocent, and beautiful were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” said the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a eulogy for the four children–Addie Mae Collins, 14, Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14. “They died nobly. They are the martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity.”

The girls were killed the morning of Sept. 15, 1963, in a bombing that also injured 22 other churchgoers. It wasn’t until 2000 that the FBI announced the attack had been carried out by the Ku Klux Klan and arrested the remaining suspects, who were later convicted.

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to approve a bill honoring the four girls by posthumously awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. The measure is co-sponsored by Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., a former classmate of President Obama’s at Harvard Law School, and Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., who have both been pushing for the honor since earlier this year. Once the bill is approved by the House and Senate and signed by the president, the girls could receive the award by Sept. 15 of this year–50 years to the day they were killed in one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement.

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3 Responses to ‘Four little girls’ of Birmingham remembered: Bill seeks to award ’63 church bombing victims

  1. Ametia says:

    Here’s the FULL Spike Lee documentary:

    4 Little Girls

  2. Ametia says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was 8 years old when the bombings occured. I remember my mother and father’s reactions, having eight daughters in the house. They told us the bombings were EVIL, and for us to be on alert.

    Can you imagine; it took the FBI 37 effing years to admit the KKK crackas had committed the murders of those4 girls. It was like their lives weren’t worth it to bring these evil animals to justice.

    • 4 little girls murdered at Church and authorities knew right away who murdered them but did nothing. I read this and it’s so true….

      “Four little girls paid the price for the ignorance of a nation”.

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