January 22, 2013 9:30 AM
Location: Bloomberg Room
WHO: Senator Richard Shelby, United States Representatives Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus and Mayor William A. Bell, Sr.
WHAT: Announce Representative Sewell’s plans to ask for the Congressional Gold Medal for the four little girls tragically killed in 1963 at the 16th Street Church bombing.
WHY: On September 15, a bomb exploded before Sunday morning services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four young girls were killed and many other people injured. Outrage over the incident and the violent clash between protesters and police that followed helped draw national attention to the hard-fought, often dangerous struggle for civil rights for African Americans. Outrage over the death of the four innocent girls helped build increased support behind the continuing struggle to end segregation--support that would help lead to the passage of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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