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Church Bombings


David Morales

on 12 April 2014

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Church Bombings
David Morales
September 15, 1963
A bombing went on at an african american church killing four girls.
Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins, aged 11 to 14.
23 other people were injured
Bomb Caused Explosion at Church in Illinois
injured 34 people
Another explosion at the United Methodist Church in Oakwood
One of the most famous church bombings: The bombing of Birmingham
In Honor of the Birmingham Bombing

"Mother dear, may I go downtown
Instead of out to play,
And march the streets of Birmingham
In a Freedom March today?"

"No, baby, no, you may not go,
For the dogs are fierce and wild,
And clubs and hoses, guns and jails
Aren't good for a little child."

"But, mother, I won't be alone.
Other children will go with me,
And march the streets of Birmingham
To make our country free."

"No, baby, no, you may not go,
For I fear those guns will fire.
But you may go to church instead
And sing in the children's choir."

She has combed and brushed her night-dark hair,
And bathed rose petal sweet,
And drawn white gloves on her small brown hands,
And white shoes on her feet.

The mother smiled to know that her child
Was in the sacred place,
But that smile was the last smile
To come upon her face.

For when she heard the explosion,
Her eyes grew wet and wild.
She raced through the streets of Birmingham
Calling for her child.

She clawed through bits of glass and brick,
Then lifted out a shoe.
"O, here's the shoe my baby wore,
But, baby, where are you?"

all credits due to :Dudley Randall (1914-2000) for writing this poem

It killed a church member who was 46 at the time
First Assembly of God Church in Illinois
The 16th Street Baptist Church
the city's nickname was "Bombingham"
Birmingham was a place packed with racial tension and the heavy prescence of the Klu Klux Klan. Along with the several protests of the African Americans and civil leaders, "Bombingham" became a bloody battleground.
Robert Chambliss, who was a part of the ku klux klan, was the man who was reported for placing the bomb on the steps of the 16th street Baptist Church. He was arrested and charged with murder, but soon found not guilty of murder, and for having 122 sticks of dynamite without a permit.
Who caused the church bombing?

When did the Bombing happen?
Robert Chambliss
September 15, 1963
How many people were injured?

that's an incorrect answer
Thomas Smith
September 17,1963
September 16,1953
you thought wrong
Congratulations you won
social studies
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