“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 (handinpaw.org) a non-profit organization that ‘helps people heal’ with animal assisted therapy. She also is a consultant for Sojourn to the Past (sojournproject.org), 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.

Birmingham Alabama Soul-Winning Mega-Marathon (Mar 31, 2018)

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Miles College (Birmingham, Alabama)

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Miles College is a historically black college founded in 1898. It is located in Fairfield, Alabama, six miles (10 km) west of Birmingham. It is a private liberal arts institution of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church). Miles College is also a member of the United Negro College Fund.

Howard “Moondog” Daniels
Miles College Alumnus
Class of 1972

Bombing In Birmingham, Alabama, Sunday, September 15, 1963

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On Sunday, September 15, 1963, 16th Street Baptist Church. Four young girls killed and twenty-two injured in a church bomb. Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair were killed in the blast. Girls were preparing to participate in a Youth Sunday, program when the bomb exploded under steps at the church.

Public school integration in the 60s. Federal mandate to integrate public institutions.

Birmingham Pastor’s explosive speech about gay marriageduring city council meeting

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Cedric Hatcher, an outspoken street evangelist and regular at Birmingham City Hall, took to the lectern during the public comment portion of today's meeting to express his disapproval of the marriages that took place just across Linn Park and a