Sarah Collins Rudolph, a survivor left partially blind by the Ku Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, and whose sister along with three other girls were killed in that terrorist attack, will be the guest speaker at a Women’s History Month Program sponsored by the People’s Organization For Progress (POP).
The program will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30pm at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, 224 West Kinney Street in Newark, New Jersey. Please make every effort to attend and spread the word!
The bombing of the church and the murder of the four young African American girls occurred September 15, 1963, about two weeks after the 1963 March On Washington.
The four girls killed in the bombing were 14 year-olds Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins(Sarah Collins Rudolph’s sister), Carole Robertson, and 11 year-old Denise McNair. Sara Collins Rudolph and twenty-one (21) other children were injured in the blast. Mrs. Collins Rudolph was 12 years-old when the church was bombed more than 50 years ago.
This tragedy was instrumental in creating conditions that led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
During the program the People’s Organization For Progress will present achievement awards to several women in recognition of their contributions to the struggle for social justice.
The awardees include Sarah Collins Rudolph for her role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act; Claudette Colvin whose Supreme Court case made racial segregation on buses illegal; Theodora Lacey who was an aide to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott; Dr Willa Cofield for her participation in the struggle against racial segregation in North Carolina; and Councilwoman Mildred Crump the first African American woman elected to the Newark City Council and the first woman to become president of that body.
Please be there for this historical program. Power to the people!
People’s Organization For Progress