Gayle King makes a stop in Birmingham for Empowerment Week events

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – As Empowerment Week continues, more and more celebrities are stopping by Birmingham to take part in the events.

CBS This Morning’s Gayle King made a stop by Birmingham on Friday.

She spoke with CBS42’s Rick Jackson about what the commemoration means to her. King says she recalls the very moment the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing took place in Birmingham back in 1963.

“What I do remember is it’s one of the first times I say my father cry,” King explained. “We were listening around the radio and I remember asking him what had happened and he said, ‘There’s been a bombing.’ My dad is from Birmingham, so he said, ‘There’s been a bombing in Birmingham and four little girls died.’ I had not concept of what that was.”

King says she would not be where she is today had it not been for those who were the backbone of the civil rights movement.

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