Faithful Gather to Mark 50th Anniversary of Birmingham Bombing

Churchgoers honor four fallen girls killed amid civil rights protests; statue erected in their honor
1:33 | 09/15/13

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evening, and to birmingham, alabama. Where they remembered four young girls killed 50 years ago this sunday. The 16th street baptist church had become a gathering spot for those determined to end segregation. The reverend martin luther king moved by their conviction. This birmingham movement is one of the most inspiring developments in the whole nonviolent struggle. Reporter: Those nonviolent protests growing. Families famously standing there as the police dogs were brought in. As the high-powered hoses were unleashed on children and their parents. Determined to have their quiet message heard. The scenes playing out amid calls from the other side to keep segregation alive. And I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever. Reporter:50 years ago today, as church-goers filled that alabama church, it was bombed. Killing four girls, four young faces, gone. The bombing became a powerful symbol, helping to fuel the push for change. The 1964 civil rights act that would come a year later. On this sunday, 50 years later, they gathered at that church again to remember the girls lost. Teaching the same sunday school lesson that was being taught that morning, the lesson called "a love that forgives." And a statue honoring the young girls unveiled. That same sunday school lesson. One of the bombing survivors who lost her sister in that blast said, "god spared me to live and tell just what happened that day."

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