September 18, 1963 "This Day In Black History"
"Our Black History Need Never Be A Black Mystery"
White supremacist racists have been lying for quite a while. I would say that these particular white people have lied to black people in America for almost 400 years. Can you imagine these words coming out of the mouth of Bull Connor regarding the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sunday, September 15, 1963? These words coming from a sheriff who unleashed vicious dogs, aimed powerful water hoses, and gave a shoot to kill orders against unarmed black adults and children seeking only to gain what was rightfully promised by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution almost century earlier.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1963 -- As a reward fund in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing reached $76,000, President John F. Kennedy called Martin Luther King, A.G. Gaston and Miles President Lucius Pitts, among others, to the White House.
Funeral services were held for Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, both 14, and 11-year-old Denise McNair.
King said he hoped the deaths "may well serve as the redemptive force that brings light to this dark city."
"Darkness will not last forever. Grief will not prevail. You by your suffering have paid another installment in this great thing called freedom," said the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.
It was reported that Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall pushed for Birmingham to hire a black police officer to improve the relationship between the races. Mayor Albert Boutwell rejected the idea.
Bull Connor joined the chorus of voices denouncing the bombing.
"We cannot win with dynamites, pistols, shotguns, knives and sticks. It's King's crowd that uses violence," Connor said.