Monday, November 15, 2010

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

There are so many moments from our trip that I would love to write about, but I'll start with this simple one and a picture.

On September 15, 1963, amidst the throes of the Civil Rights Movement, a bomb was placed at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The blast killed four and injured twenty-two others. Those four were four little girls: Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair. Their deaths were a part of bringing about change and freedom.

I took this picture of Jael right in front of the church. Standing there seeing her smiling and playing below that window was incredibly moving. It struck me deeply, watching my little girl and realizing that she lives in a freer country today because of those four other little girls. It was a privilege to be there.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing... we are both blessed to live in places where these things are not happening.

    Btw, your little girl is really cute. :)