Survivor of 1963 church bombing in Alabama seeks an apology and restitution
Saturday, 26 September 2020
More than a dozen sticks of dynamite planted by Ku Klux Klansmen exploded at a Birmingham, Ala., church in 1963, killing four Black girls. The “fifth little girl,” Sarah Collins Rudolph, survived but still has shards of glass in her body from the blast that took her sister, her right eye and her dreams of becoming a nurse. Rudolph, 69, is now seeking an apology from the state and compensation for what she says has been a lifetime of trauma. A law firm working for free on Rudolph’s behalf sent a letter to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey arguing that the words of state leaders, including Gov. George Wallace, at the time encouraged the racial violence that led to one of the most infamous acts of the...
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