Birmingham to Mark Anniversary of Church Bombing

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The city of Birmingham is planning five days of events with political leaders, artists and ordinary citizens to observe the 50th anniversary of a church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.

Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, director Spike Lee and actor Jamie Foxx are among those participating in what's being called "Empowerment Week."

Events begin Wednesday and continue through Sunday, the anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963.

Holder and Rice will speak about the bombing. Lee will present his 1997 documentary about the bombing at the Alabama Theatre. Foxx will perform at a concert.

Four black girls preparing for church died in the bombing. A fifth was critically injured.

Three Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted in the bombing years later.

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