[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369434671&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4071490&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369434671 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Four young girls who lost their lives to violence in Birmingham during the civil rights movement received the highest honor an American civilian can receive on Friday.
President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.
The four girls were killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Alabama congress members Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus were instrumental in pushing the legislation forward.
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