Alabama's governor apologized to a woman who survived a KKK bombing of a church that killed 4 Black girls in 1963, including her sister. Sarah Collins Rudolph, then 12, lost an eye and had glass fragments in her body for decades. It took 40 years to bring attackers to justice.
“There should be no question that the racist, segregationist rhetoric used by some of our leaders during that time was wrong,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a letter responding to Sarah Collins Rudolph, a 1963 church bombing survivor. Read the letter:
"Why would someone put a bomb [in] our church and kill those girls?" In 1963, four young black girls were killed in a racist attack at a US church Sarah Collins Rudolph survived, but her sister was killed
In 1963, four black girls were killed in a racist attack on the 16th Street Baptist Church in the US city of Birmingham, Alabama. Sarah Collins Rudolph, who survived the bombing, aged just 12, says their deaths forced the attackers to confront their hate