Birmingham Sunday

Birmingham Sunday

Book - 2010
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Racial bombings were so frequent in Birmingham that it became known as "Bombingham." Until September 15, 1963, these attacks had been threatening but not deadly. On that Sunday morning, however, a blast in the 16th Street Baptist Church ripped through the exterior wall and claimed the lives of four girls. The church was the ideal target for segregationists, as it was the rallying place for Birmingham's African American community, Martin Luther King, Jr., using it as his "headquarters" whenhe was in town to further the cause of desegregation and equal rights. Rather than triggering paralyzing fear, the bombing was the definitive act that guaranteed passage of the landmark 1964 civil rights legislation. Birmingham Sunday, a Jane Addams Children's Honor Book, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year, centers on this fateful day and places it in historical context.
Publisher: Honesdale, Pa. : Calkins Creek, c2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781590786130
Branch Call Number: j 323.1196 BRIMNER
Characteristics: 48 pages : illustrations ; 27 x 29 cm.


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The four girls were in the church restroom, getting ready for the service, when a dynamite blast rocked the building, and the walls fell in on the girls. Although racial bombings were so frequent in Birmingham that it was called “Bombingham”, this was the first time anyone had been killed. This tragic event helped guarantee the passage of the 1963 civil rights legislature. Illus. with photos.


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