The nation and the world were focused on Birmingham in 1963 as protests increased, violent resistance intensified, and bloodshed claimed lives and forever shattered families. The price was high, even including the lives of innocent children. The explosion that took the lives of four girls at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sunday morning September 15, 1963, was too much for the eyes of the nation to ignore. The actual blast was felt throughout downtown Birmingham, yet its impact reverberated throughout the nation and beyond. The collective national conscience awakened, setting the stage for the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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