Birmingham to mark anniversary of church bombing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —
The city of Birmingham is planning five days of events with political
leaders, artists and ordinary citizens to observe the 50th anniversary
of a church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.

Attorney
General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
director Spike Lee and actor Jamie Foxx are among those participating in
what's being called “Empowerment Week.”

Events begin Wednesday
and continue through Sunday, the anniversary of the bombing of
Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963.

Holder
and Rice will speak about the bombing. Lee will present his 1997
documentary about the bombing at the Alabama Theatre. Foxx will perform
at a concert.

Four black girls preparing for church died in the bombing. A fifth was critically injured.

Three Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted in the bombing years later.

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