This morning, we joined the congregation and visitors from around the world for worship services at 16th Street Baptist Church, fifty years to the day of the bombing that changed Birmingham, and the world.
Among the speakers at the service: Barbara Cross, daughter of the late Rev. John H. Cross. Rev. Cross pastored the church on the day the bomb exploded, killing four little girls. “Dr. King said from this pulpit that darkness cannot drive out darkness — only light can,” she said, and, “I feel a new spirit in Birmingham.”
Here are some scenes from the morning, where a standing-room only crowd remembered that day, including laying a wreath at the site of the bombing (a 10:22 a.m., the moment the bomb exploded half a century ago).
Later, many in the crowd walked across the street to visit the newly unveiled statue in memory of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.