Birmingham Church Bombing by:Jailyn Fowler

Background: On September 15, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. White supremacist bombed a church based off the predominant race in the church which was African Americans. The bomb killed 4 innocent young girls.


The goal of the bombing was to commit a mass murder of African-Americans. There was built up animosity throughout the city from MLKJ's "I Have A Dream"speech. Which lead white supremacists to bombing this church to basically put their foot down and let the opposite race know who's in charge.

Video: History on the bombing of the Birmingham church in 1963.


Whites and blacks were segregated during the period of the civil rights movement. Four members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Birmingham church simply because of the dominant race of the church. The planted at least 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device beneath the church.

The KKK bombed the church 50 years ago and they killed 4 young girls and injured over 2 dozen people. The 4 girls names were Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. Many families suffered from the 4 losses of the girls.


African Americans already struggled with discrimination and the fact that the place they go to worship together peacefully still wasn't safe for them was a shame. In order to over come this they kinda just had to stick together, mourn, and hope and protest for a change.


This event affected the feeling of “safeness” in church during the civil rights movement. It also caused more anger to rise from each race towards each other. This event was a look inside of what African-Americans were truly going through.

Modern inequality

Sadly, a lot of has changed today since the Civil rights movement but a lot is still the same. This fact was proven when a crime occurred in Charleston, SC when Dylann Roof; a white supremacist, shot and killed 9 members of a church on June 17, 2015. Dylann openly confessed, "I did it. Black people are killing white people every day".

Sources Cited

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  • Ray Sanchez And Keith O'shea, Cnn (9 Dec. 2016.). Mass shooter Dylann Roof, with a laugh, confesses, 'I did it'. CNN. Retrieved from

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