Honoring 4 Little Girls who Gave their Lives

On Sept. 15, 1963 the KKK bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four African-American girls. Today the girls will be posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The day after the bombing, Charles Morgan, a young white lawyer and activist, gave a powerful speech at Birmingham’s Young Men’s Business Club. “We are a mass of intolerance and bigotry, and stand indicted before our young,” he said. Morgan also said: “Every person in this community who has in any way contributed during the past several years to the popularity of hatred is at least as guilty as the demented fool who threw the bomb.”  

Hear Morgan’s Speech

Birmingham Bombing

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