Black civil rights demonstrators attacked by police water hose. Birmingham, Alabama May 1963.

Black civil rights demonstrators attacked by police water hose. Birmingham, Alabama May 1963.

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Non-violent civil rights demonstrators advocating for an end to racial segregation being hosed by mobilized local police, from the 17 May Life magazine article 'Ominous Spectacle of Birmingham: Racial Hatreds Approach a Flashpoint as a City Counters Negroes' Crusade with Fire Hoses and Fighting Dogs,' Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 1963, photograph by Charles Moore.

Non-violent civil rights demonstrators advocating for an end to racial segregation being hosed by mobilized local police, from the 17 May Life magazine article 'Ominous Spectacle of Birmingham: Racial Hatreds Approach a Flashpoint as a City Counters Negroes' Crusade with Fire Hoses and Fighting Dogs,' Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 1963, photograph by Charles Moore.

1963 - The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, kills four girls and marks a turning point in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It helps build support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1963 - The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, kills four girls and marks a turning point in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It helps build support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, April 1963.  In response to criticisms from local clergy that a man of the cloth should not encourage his followers to break the law, King famously penned his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" from this cell.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, April 1963. In response to criticisms from local clergy that a man of the cloth should not encourage his followers to break the law, King famously penned his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" from this cell.

Children's Crusade, Birmingham, Alabama 1963  The 1963 campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama, generated national publicity and federal...

Children's Crusade, Birmingham, Alabama 1963 The 1963 campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama, generated national publicity and federal...

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

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