Stained Glass Shards
1963, African American Museum
A church bombing killed four girls and galvanized the civil rights movement
Author Diane McWhorter writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:
Word of the bombing reached Martin Luther King in Atlanta as he was about to step up to the Ebenezer Baptist Church pulpit. “Dear God, why?” he had silently asked. Then he appealed to secular powers, writing President John F. Kennedy that unless “immediate federal steps are taken,” the “worst racial holocaust this nation has ever seen” would come to pass in Alabama. His telegram to Gov. George Wallace charged, “The blood of our little children is on your hands.”
Read more of McWhorter's essay.