American History TV was LIVE from Birmingham, Alabama, all day on Sunday, September 15th, 2013, for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. The attack – by white supremacists in retaliation for the integration of Birmingham’s public schools -- killed four African American girls and injured more than 20 others. The murders gained national attention and helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Earlier in 1963, Birmingham had been the site of civil rights protests led by Martin Luther King Jr., including marches by school children which local officials used dogs and water cannons to quell.
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