Fifty years after four little girls were killed by a bomb in a church bathroom, Birmingham Alabama re-visits the tragedy. In a time when segregation, fear of those who are different and hatred plagued American society, those with a better vision for a nation worked towards change.
The victims, who were honored earlier this week with Congressional Medals, included 14-year old Addie Mae Collins, 11-year old Denise McNair, 14-year old Carole Robertson and 14-year old Cynthia Wesley. The medal is the highest honor bestowed on civilians.
The bombing played a role in a larger fight to stop the Civil Rights Movement and block the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which eventually outlawed discrimination.
The lives of the those lost in the Birmingham Church Bombing will be forever remembered as an un-necessary sacrifice on the road to equal opportunity and respect of all people. The names of the victims join other key players in the era of the Civil Rights Movement such as Martin Luther King Jr., Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B DuBois and Harriet Tubman.
U.S Attorney, Eric Holder, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, a former playmate of one of the victims, and Atlanta Mayor, Andrew Young, were expected to speak at the ceremony.