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Remembering the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing

On Sunday, Sept. 15, the anniversary of the tragic Birmingham, Alabama Baptist  Church bombing, there will be a special commemoration service at Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Pittsfield to remember the four little girls who were killed in the bombing on that day in 1963.

The commemoration service, “Four Little Girls Jubilee,” will begin at 11 a.m. at the church which is located at 163 Linden St.  The service will incorporate the talents of local youth and open with an original poem and readings.  Additionally, there will be a liturgical dance performance and music by the Price Memorial Gospel Choir. The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Alfred E. Johnson, pastor of Price Memorial.  The service is co-sponsored by the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival Committee and Price Memorial.

On Sept. 15, 1963, Addie Mae Collins, 14; Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; and Cynthia Wesley, 14 were preparing to participate in the morning service at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.  They never had the chance as bombs planted under the church steps by members of the Ku Klux Klan exploded. In the wake of the bombing, two teens were also killed, 16-year-old Johnny Robinson and 13-year-old Virgil Ware.

At 7p.m. the same day, the public is also invited to a candlelight vigil at Park Square in Pittsfield to remember the young victims of the Birmingham bombing, the teens, and all youth who have been victims of violence.  Representatives from the NAACP and Lift Ev’ry Voice will share historical perspectives and offer insights for the future.

For more information, please call Yvonne West at 413.442.3078

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