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Tue., Sept. 15, 2009, 7:38 a.m.

Today in History, September 15, 1963…

Good morning, Netizens...

Do the names Addie Mae Collins (aged 14), Denise McNair (aged 11), Carole Robertson (aged 14), and Cynthia Wesley (aged 14) mean anything to you? On September 15, 1963, these four young girls died, among others, at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama when a bomb set by members of the Klu Klux Klan went off blowing a hole in the rear of the church.

I have never forgotten that date, although I admit the names eluded me this morning until I decided to commemorate this terrible day in history. There is an excellent article on the days events back then at that gives additional details.

As an associated event, Carol Denise McNair, one of the deceased at the church, was a good friend and playmate of young Condoleeza Rice, lately of Washington, D.C. fame. 

My, how history writes, and having written, moves on.


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