50th Bombing Anniversary Observed At Alabama Church

Direct Service

Sunday marked the anniversary of a church in Alabama that was bombed 50 years ago by the Ku Klux Klan. The blast had claimed the lives of four little girls and had become a landmark moment in the civil rights movement.

‘A Love that Forgives’

Remembering the fateful day, the Reverend Arthur Price preached the same sermon that was taught to the members of the 16th Street Baptist Church on the morning of the bombing- ‘A Love that Forgives’. Following the sermon, the rusty old church bell was tolled four times as the names of the four girls were read out.

There were also some songs and hymns that were sung by a church full of congregation members as a solemn commemoration of the day.

The bombing 50 years ago had become a powerful symbol of racism in southern US and had stoked the passing of laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.