The Pardu

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Monday, September 15, 2014

This Day 50 Years Ago: Four Girls Died From US Terrorism And A Bombed Church

Four little girls. Addie Mae Collins. Cynthia Wesley. Carole Robertson. Denise McNair. Four little girls who went to Sunday School that day, 50 years ago. Four little girls, who were never able to dream the dream Dr. Martin Luther King spoke about. Four little girls who didn't understand segregation. 

Four little girls. Killed. At church. All because evil people didn't think they deserved to get a sandwich at the same counter as white children. 

Addie liked to play hopscotch and was often the peacemaker for arguments among her seven brothers and sisters. Cynthia did really well in reading and math, was constantly laughing and "just full of fun all the time." Carole was involved in Jack and Jill of America, the Girl Scouts, the marching band, the choir and the science club. Denise organized fundraisers to fight muscular dystrophy and would get the other neighborhood children together to read poetry. 

Four little girls. Four bright, promising lives. Four future dreamers. Shattered. On September 15, 1963, when a dynamite bomb set by members of the Ku Klux Klan erupted, just as 26 children walked into the basement assembly room of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, just two weeks after Dr. King's "I have a dream speech."

As Langston Hughes would say:

"Four little girls
Who went to Sunday School that day
And never came back home at all--
But left instead
Their blood upon the wall...
...Might be awakened someday soon
By songs upon the breeze
As yet unfelt among
Magnolia trees."

Four little girls. Remember those sweet faces. Remember the dreams that have yet to be fulfilled. Remember what hate has done, remember what hate can do, remember that hate has no hearts that are true.

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