As part of the City of Birmingham’s 50 Years Forward celebration, the 4 Little Girls Memorial Fund hosted a fundraiser and reception on Saturday, September 14th, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in honor of the four young girls killed in the September 15th, 1963, bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
The event was held at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 Sixteenth Street North, Birmingham, Alabama (just across the street from the historic church), with special guests including members of the 4 Little Girls’ families and past recipients of college scholarships provided by the 4 Little Girls Memorial Fund.
In keeping with the 50 Years Forward celebration, all proceeds benefit the 4 Little Girls Memorial Fund, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. Please click on Donate to contribute to the 4 Little Girls Fund.
In an instant they were gone…
Addie Mae Collins, 14
Denise McNair, 11
Carole Robertson, 14
Cynthia Wesley, 14
By their light, we now can see.
“These children—unoffending, innocent, and beautiful—were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity. And yet they died nobly. They are the martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity. And…in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their death… They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution…Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream.”Martin Luther King, Jr., Excerpts from the Eulogy for the Martyred Children