Birmingham 16th Street Church Bombing Essay

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Four innocent lives taken, twenty-two people injured, causing affliction in the families lives. Because of Birmingham having a big impact United States and the Civil Rights Movement, it changed racial history. The KKK had a momentous role in the Racial equality fight, The Civil Rights Movement. Birmingham 16th Street Church Bombing had a significant impact on the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The KKK was a white nationalized group that included former veterans, which created the first branch of the group. The Klansmen founded in 1865, in Pulaski, Tennessee, is now known as the birthplace of the KKK. This group dedicated themselves to a campaign of violence to Republican leaders and voters. The KKK targeted many people based on their race or sexuality , including, Gays, Immigrants, African Americans, and Catholics(KKK history). Jim Crow laws, …show more content…

On September 15, 1963 the group made a dreadful act. They placed a bomb under a staircase to the basement of 16th Street Birmingham Baptist Church. Four Girls, Denise McNair, who was eleven, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins, which were all 14, were killed in the bomb that exploded at 10:19 a.m(gale group). Twenty-two other people got injured, but were fortunate enough to survive. Former KKK members that included veterans supposedly committed the crime. The FBI began to scrutinize suspects who could have possibly committed the crime. Robert Chambliss was convicted in 1977 for murder because of how he had taken part in the church bombing. Thomas Edwin Blanton was also convicted for his role in this crime, in 2001, because of murder. Bobby Frank Cherry was convicted in 2002 for his role in the church bombing which was murder. Herman Frank Cash was not convicted, but authorities believed he played the part of the fourth conspirator in this

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