In Remembrance: The Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church

From L-R: Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley

From L-R: Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley

On September 15, 1963, just eighteen days after the March on Washington, four young black girls (pictured above) were killed by a bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In remembrance of those girls whose lives were taken by senseless violence 50 years ago, 2 Dope Sistahs has compiled a list of books, DVDs, and websites on the Birmingham Movement and the bombing. We hope our readers will find our list useful. Let us know what you think. We welcome your suggestions.

whileworldwatched

Carolyn Maull McKinstry, While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement, 2013

ButB_ham

Glen T. Eskew, But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the
Civil Rights Struggle, 1997

CarryMeHome

Diane McWhorter, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, 2013 (Reissue)

FireOut

Andrew M. Manis, A Fire You Can’t Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham’s Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, 2001

BlacknWhite

Larry Dane Brimner, Black and White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Conner, 2011.  (For ages 12 and up)

WatsonB_ham

Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, 2001 (For ages 8 and up)

WegotJob

Cynthia Levinson, We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, 2012 (For Young Adult readers)

SpikeLee

Spike Lee, Director, 4 Little Girls, 2001 (DVD)

eyesonprize

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (DVD)

16th Street Baptist Church (Photo by Da Realist 1)

16th Street Baptist Church
(Photo by Da Realist 1)

Websites (links):

Eulogy for the Young Victims of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

16th Street Baptist Church (The church has scheduled events and activities to commemorate the anniversary.)

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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2 thoughts on “In Remembrance: The Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church

  1. Thanks for sharing this list. I purchased the McKinstry book on Kindle a while back, but have not had a chance to read it yet. I saw Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls and thought he did a great job. I think I will re-watch it this weekend though.

    I have a difficult time dealing with people who attack the most vulnerable among us.

  2. Pingback: Intercultural Resources | September 15 – A Day of Remembrance

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