Sep. 14, 2019

The Day Before Remembering Addie, Denise, Carole, And Cynthia

Tomorrow is the 56th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in this nation's history. It is a day that should always be remembered and never forgotten. It is a day when racist haters thought that they could strike terror and fear into the minds of black people across this nation. These white racist felt that dynamiting a church was a solution to maintaining white supremacist power. These men felt that killing Addie, Carol, Cynthia, and Denise would halt the progress of the move towards civil rights not only in the City of Birmingham, Alabama but across the entire region of southern states where black legal and civil rights were being dishonored on a daily basis. The only thing that these vile men didn't understand was the love of humanity is so much stronger than the hate that flows in the blood of those who seek to undermine racial progress and racial understanding. So when that bomb exploded at 11:00 am at the Sixteenth Baptist Church rather than killing the movement it energized our black communities not to allow these four little girls murders to be in vain. So our communities aligned with justice and decided enough was indeed enough. They marshaled the forces of justice and forced this nation to look directly at itself. By forcing this self-analysis America had to recognize the path of hatred was destructive, not constructive. Within a year the 1964 Civil Rights Bill was pass and signed into law and within two years the 1965 Voting Rights Bill was passed into law. Rights and votes were the voice of change that was the direct result of the murderous action that occurred September 15, 1963. The lives of Addie, Denise, Cynthia, and Carol were certainly tragic in every sense of the word. However, the sacrifice of these four innocent girls mushroomed a power more impactful than an atomic bomb. It changed the societal direction of America from a blinded nation without a cause to a more humane nation leading the cause of freedom for the downtrodden, freedom for disadvantaged, freedom for the neglected, and freedom for every one of our peoples who strived for something better in this nation. So, tomorrow say a prayer in memory of Addie, Cynthia, Carol, and Denise knowing that each one of their lives helped fulfill a dream for 45 million of us today. That is why we cannot neglect the ballot boxes in 2020. Because we owe our votes to the full sacrifice that these four little girls in a church in a city stricken with the virus of hatred help overcome. May God Bless In Eternity And In Everlasting Peace the restful spirits of Addie, Carol, Cynthia, and Denise as we look back and look ahead. Our votes in 2020 can turn the direction of this nation away from hatred and separation to a nation of unification and love. We owe it to those four little girls.


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