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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.

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In an instant they were gone…

Addie Mae Collins

Addie Mae Collins, 14

“A sweet, quiet girl…serious and serene.”  Friends and family who knew her best thought, if she had not died at 14, she might have become a teacher or a social worker.

Denise McNair

Denise McNair, 11

Always smiling…pretty and smart.” At only 11, she was the youngest of the 4 Little Girls, doted on by both parents and grandparents, and remembered as always doing things to help others. On Sunday mornings, she sometimes sat in the loft beside her mother, who sang in the church choir.

Carole Robertson

Carole Robertson, 14

Mature and ladylike at just fourteen…she was a person on a mission: she seemed to know exactly where she was going in life… A member of Girl Scout Troop #264, Carole looked impressive in her uniform and sash. She played clarinet in the Parker High School Band and was looking forward to the team’s first football game of the season – scheduled for Monday night, September 16th, 1963…

Cynthia Wesley

Cynthia Wesley, 14

“She had a great sense of humor, made jokes, and laughed all the time.” Cynthia also loved being part of a small all-girl social club known as the Cavalettes, who often gathered to talk and socialize, share cookies and punch, and dance. The club had met just the week before and had planned to meet again on Sunday afternoon, September 15, to collect money for new uniforms that were to be ready the next week. That morning, she was preparing to usher in the 11:00 o’clock Youth Sunday service before church clock was abruptly stopped at 10:22…

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

September 14th

Mark your calendar! And join us at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

$250k+ Awarded

Since the fund was created in 1983, more than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to date.But we want to do more.

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