At the ceremony, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid honored the legacy of the four girls, who at the time of the explosion were preparing to take part in the Sunday worship.
“There was no safety for those four little girls. Not even Sunday school,’’ Reid said. “But there really was salvation. Not only for the four young ladies, but for a nation.’’
He added that the “outrage sparked by the deaths of these four innocents ignited the civil rights movement like nothing had up to that time.’’
We older folks may not remember what we were doing when hearing about that church bombing, as we do for the Kennedy assassination, but we do recall the horror we felt as that summer of 1963 was coming to a close.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.