16th St. Church Bombing

Chase Jahay

When and where did the bombing happen and take place?

On september 15, 1963 the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama, killing four girls. This attack on the church made a big commotion from people in Alabama and around world when they heard that the bombing happened.


What happened after the bombing?

After the bombing 3 of the family's had open funerals. One family thought that they should have a private funeral funeral for certain people only. At some of the funerals Martin Luther King, Jr talked about life being "as hard as crucible steel" The bombing had a big impact on the US. Especially on one amazing person (Martin Luther King Jr). More then eight thousand mourners attended the funeral, including 800 clergymen of both race attended the funeral. To me if I was apart of one of those family's it would've been so touching to see all of the people, and some people of the different race come to the funeral.


How did it influence the civil rights movement?

I'm sure that Martin Luther King, Jr used this story for one of his speeches against the rights between white people and black people. I'm sure that everyone that heard of this story was very sad for the four girls. A lot of people used this story against the rights of white people and black people when they were in an argument about the civil rights. If a lot of people had not heard this story I bet that the world would be a lot different and the civil rights movement would not have had such an impact on the world.


How did the bombing occur?

What happened was KKK but 122 sticks of dynamite under the stair case at about 10:22am., twenty-six children were walking into the basement assembly room to prepare for the sermon entitled "The Love That Forgives," when the bomb exploded. It was a shame to Martin Luther King, Jr. He was very touched to that church. He sometimes spoke there also. The men that blew up the church did not get punished because they were white.


Research found at?

Infotopia & Wikipedia