On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls are killed when a bomb explodes during Sunday services at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls are killed when a bomb explodes during Sunday services at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. The bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 17, 1963 caused immense damage and the death of four young children who were in the basement at the time of the bombing.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. The bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 17, 1963 caused immense damage and the death of four young children who were in the basement at the time of the bombing.

A crowd at the funeral for one of the four girls killed in the KKK bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Birmingham, Alabama, 1963.  By Danny Lyon

A crowd at the funeral for one of the four girls killed in the KKK bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. By Danny Lyon

Cynthia Wesley (April 30, 1949 - September 15, 1963) was murdered in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. About Cynthia: Wore a size two and her mother made all her clothes. Liked to have parties in her back yard. She had invited a friend, Ricky Powell, to the youth service. He had agreed to come but instead had to attend a funeral with his family. #TodayInBlackHistory

Cynthia Wesley (April 30, 1949 - September 15, 1963) was murdered in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. About Cynthia: Wore a size two and her mother made all her clothes. Liked to have parties in her back yard. She had invited a friend, Ricky Powell, to the youth service. He had agreed to come but instead had to attend a funeral with his family. #TodayInBlackHistory

'13bombingVictim19630514' photo (c) 2008, Image Editor - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

'13bombingVictim19630514' photo (c) 2008, Image Editor - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Alabama:  Children who died in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963.  For a great account to read with children, see "The Watsons Go to Birmingham:  1963: by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Google Image Result for http://crossfitharlem.com/files/2012/02/4girls.jpg

Alabama: Children who died in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. For a great account to read with children, see "The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963: by Christopher Paul Curtis. Google Image Result for http://crossfitharlem.com/files/2012/02/4girls.jpg

Visit important places in Civil Rights History:  16th St. Baptist Church, the site of the 1963 bombing - Birmingham, Ala.

Visit important places in Civil Rights History: 16th St. Baptist Church, the site of the 1963 bombing - Birmingham, Ala.

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing | Pamela Chatterton-Purdy Art » -The 16th St. Baptist Church Bombing

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing | Pamela Chatterton-Purdy Art » -The 16th St. Baptist Church Bombing

The '63 Baptist Church Bombing.  It was a quiet Sunday morning in Birmingham, Alabama—around 10:24 on September 15, 1963, 44 years ago this month—when a dynamite bomb exploded in the back stairwell of the downtown Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The violent blast ripped through the wall, killing four African-American girls on the other side and injuring more than 20 inside the church.

The '63 Baptist Church Bombing. It was a quiet Sunday morning in Birmingham, Alabama—around 10:24 on September 15, 1963, 44 years ago this month—when a dynamite bomb exploded in the back stairwell of the downtown Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The violent blast ripped through the wall, killing four African-American girls on the other side and injuring more than 20 inside the church.

William Lewis Moore, a white postal worker from Maryland who walked to Mississippi to deliver a letter against segregation.  Murdered 5 days before his birthday in 1963

William Lewis Moore, a white postal worker from Maryland who walked to Mississippi to deliver a letter against segregation. Murdered 5 days before his birthday in 1963

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