Preview: Prayer vigil held to commemorate 50th anniversary of 16th Street Baptist Church boming

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church as seen from Kelly Ingram Park. A statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. faces the church. (Wikimedia Commons)
The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church as seen from Kelly Ingram Park. A statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. faces the church. (Wikimedia Commons)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=3x2&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369340600&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4069728&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369340600 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A prayer vigil in Birmingham will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church.

The September 15, 1963 bombing killed four little girls and injured more than 20 other people.

AFGE Members at Kelly Ingram Park (Mike McClanahan/CBS42)
AFGE Members at Kelly Ingram Park (Mike McClanahan/CBS42)

It also galvanized support for the civil rights movement around the nation.

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees will gather for the “We Are One” prayer vigil at Kelly Ingram Park which is right across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

On Friday, the victims of that tragic event will be honored in our nation’s capitol.

CBS42′s Mike McClanahan will have more on this story on CBS42 News at 10.

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