Church Bombings Remembered

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More than four decades after a racially charged church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., Congress has officially recognized the tragedy that helped create momentum for the civil rights movement.

The resolution, sponsored in the House by Alabama Democrat, Rep. Artur Davis, honored not only the four girls killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, but also the recent effort by law enforcement to bring the killers to justice.

The House passed the measure by a voice vote and the Senate was poised to follow with its own resolution sponsored by Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions.

Although such resolutions are used by members of Congress now to honor a number of achievements or anniversaries, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia and a civil rights pioneer, says this recognition is long overdue.