Serbian Orthodox Church Of The Holy Prince Lazar Bournville Birmingham UK

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If you go into the leafy suburbs of Bournville Birmingham you come across a strange building. It is the Serbian Orthodox Church of The Holy Prince Lazar completed in 1968.
They opened their doors for the heritage weekend in 2017 and we went in. The priest was talking.
He explained in muted English that they hold services every Saturday night which last between 2 and 3 hours. The congregation is usually over 150 people with the women facing the icon of Mary on the left and the men facing the Icon of Jesus on the right. The service has music plain chant which he demonstrated. Let us listen as we admire the church

We have seen a vibrant heart of a community. One that observes a faith that is unchanging and fundamental in it’s vision. Thanks for watching.

Part of a series of videos I make because I can. Enjoy

CBS Documentary – Hope & Honor: The New Memorial for the 1963 Birmingham 16th street Baptist Church

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Produced by CBS 42, this Emmy Award Winning 30 minute documentary focuses on the sculpture by artist Elizabeth MacQueen and her Four Spirits project. This memorial honors the four children – Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley – who were killed over 50 years ago on September 15, 1963 in the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

The monument depicts one girl seated on a bench with an open Bible in her lap. Besides her, two girls are seated, one adjusting the bow on the other’s dress while the fourth girl, positioned a few feet away, beckons the others to come join her as she prepares to go to Sunday School.

Also included in the monument are six doves – 2 doves for Virgil Ware and Johnny Robinson who were also murdered on that day – each representing a life lost during the violence in Birmingham that day.

Birmingham Church Bombing 50th Anniversary: Glenn Eskew Extended Interview

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“Sixteenth Street Church had unwillingly come into the civil rights movement and was quick to exit the movement—and yet in many ways it becomes the symbol of the movement in Birmingham—so much so that following the dynamite blast, many of its members leave.” Watch more of our interview with Glenn Eskew, professor of history at Georgia State University in Atlanta and author of the book “But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle.”

Watch our story on the 50th anniversary of the bombing that killed four African-American girls in Birmingham, Alabama:

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“A Stain on the Legacy of Birmingham”: 1963 Church Bombing Survivor Struggles to Pay Medical Bills

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– Part two of our conversation with Sarah Collins Rudolph, who is often referred to as the “fifth victim” of the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Rudolph’s sister, Addie Mae Collins, was killed along with three other young girls. Collins Rudolph was hit with shards of glass, lost an eye and was hospitalized for months. She is struggling to pay her medical bills. We also speak with Adam Goldman of the Associated Press who covered the trial of Thomas Blanton, the last surviving Klansman convicted in the church bombing.

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Lisa McNair Speaks at Unity of Birmingham

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Civil Rights activist Lisa McNair, oldest living daughter of Chris and Maxine McNair who are the parents of Denise McNair, one of the four girls killed in the infamous 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was the featured guest speaker at the Unity of Birmingham Sunday MLK Day Service January 15th, 2017.

Lisa was born to her parents one year and 4 days after her sister’s death. Denise was an only child at the time of her death.
Raised in Birmingham she attended public and private schools and she later attended college at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham campuses. She worked 18 years at the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau promoting tourism and was instrumental in helping to develop Civil Rights Historic Tours of the Birmingham, Jefferson County area. Later she spent 7 years working full time in her family’s business Chris McNair Studios & Art Gallery.

She now works for Hand-In-Paw ( a non-profit organization that ‘helps people heal’ with animal assisted therapy. She also is a consultant for Sojourn to the Past (, a non-profit based out of California that takes students from all over the country on a 7 day
Educational tour thru the South to educate them on the Civil Rights Movement and the principles of non-violence.

Lisa is currently working on her memoir detailing her life as part of the first generation of African-Americans to experience freedom in this country following the Civil Rights movement. The book highlights the unique experiences she had integrating in to a new society; it’s not what you would think.

Lisa’s hope, as she travels across the country sharing her story is that the lesson’s learned from the Civil Rights Movement and the lives lost will never be forgotten but always present to help us to remember never to repeat the horrible evilness of that time.

Birmingham Church Bombing (8th Grade Project)

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This is a reenactment of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama on the date of September 15, 1963. 4 Ku Klux Klan members were convicted of murder, but many years after the incident. Robert Edward Chambliss, Bobby Frank Cherry, Thomas Edwin Blanton, and Herman Cash participated in the murder of 4 innocent young girls that were on the site, Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.

Video by Oliver Welch.