53rd anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Thursday marks 53 years since the deadly bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 young girls and injured many others.

Community and church leaders are putting on several special commemoration ceremonies.

Fifty-three years later, what happened at the church is so hugely significant.

“The sheer humanity of young people dying for no reason and the cost or the value of black bodies or people of color that’s a conversation we’re still having,” said Ahmad Ward with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

On Thursday, the church is putting on a ceremony at 10 a.m. to commemorate what happened 53 years ago. Church bells will sound at 10:22 a.m., the exact time the bombs went off.

“To always keep to the forefront and in the minds of us who are here today and for those who are living during that time in the past that we remember that God brought us from a mighty long way we’re not where we should be but we thank God we’re not where we used to be,” said Pastor Arthur Price.

The public is invited to participate in the commemorative ceremony.

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