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HISTORY TIP OF THE DAY

History Tip of the Day – June 26th

Four girls killed in Alabama church bombing, September 15, 1963

Fewer than three weeks after America listened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, twenty-six black children are led into the basement of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church for Sunday morning services. Four members of the Ku Klux Klan have planted a box of dynamite nearby. The explosion doesn’t just destroy the basement, but also blows out the back wall of the church. Almost all of the children survive. However, four of them—Addie Mae Collins, 14; Cynthia Wesley, 14; Carole Robertson, 14; and Denise McNair, 11—do not. Their dream has come to an end.