On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan in Birmingham, Alabama. Four little girls were killed while they were in the church basement preparing to sing and act as ushers during the main church service. The little girls were Cynthia Wesley, 14; Carole Robertson, 14; Addie Mae Collins, 14; and Denise McNair, 11.
During that time in 1963, the church also served as a meeting place for many civil rights leaders and served as a training post for civil rights campaigns. Tensions within the Birmingham community elevated when the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) supported a voter registration campaign for African Americans to vote in Birmingham. The bombing was an act of racially charged terrorism and is considered a pivotal turning point in the civil rights movement.
Please view the photos to read five of the most memorable quotes from the eulogy delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on September 18, 1963.