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Civil rights advocates mark 50th anniversary of Birmingham church blast

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Civil rights advocates gathered in Alabama this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of a tragic event in the movement's history. 

On September 15, 1963 four girls were killed when a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan exploded at a Birmingham church.  The tragedy became a rallying point for the civil rights movement. 

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice knew one of those four girls growing up.  “Eventually we went home and I said to my parents as the events were unfolding on television, ‘Why do they hate us so much?’ And I remember my father saying, ‘They're hateful men.  Just hateful men,’ and nothing more,” she said.

A bronze sculpture memorializing the four girls was unveiled in Birmingham.  The artist says it features the girls having a good time, doing something that was characteristic to each of them.  She said she wanted to show them in the prime of their lives.


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