On January 20, while President Barack Obama was in prayer following his inauguration a delegation from Alabama announced they would seek a Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously, in honor of the four girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing, one of the most horrific attacks of the Civil Right struggle.
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, U.S. Representatives Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus stood next to Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. in a sign of bi-partisan political unity.
On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing Addie Mae Collins, 14; Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; and Cynthia Wesley, 14. (Black Star News)