54 Years Ago Today, #4LittleGirls . . .

Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair were the names of four young women killed on this day in 1963 when a bomb exploded in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

The church was a popular meeting place for civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and this act of terrorism by Ku Klux Klan members shocked a nation embroiled in the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

The young women, all 14 and under, would be remembered as the “Four Little Girls”, and the black-and-white images of their bright, innocent faces would be seared forever into the American conscience. 

In the aftermath of the bombing, President Lyndon B. Johnson passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex or religion.