Twin girls direct documentary on Birmingham church bombing

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — A screening of the documentary “Architects of Change”  took place Saturday afternoon. 

Twin 11-year-old girls, Breanna and Brooke Bennett, directed the documentary about the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham which claimed the lives of four young girls and injured 22 other people.

“Being an architect of change means you can have the power teach other people and make change, even in a little way of just being 11,” they said. 

Four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted at least 15 sticks of timed dynamite beneath the church steps. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the crime as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.” 

The “Architects of Change” documents the history of slavery and the civil rights movement. It includes an interview with Barbara Cross, who survived the church bombing. 

A screening of the documentary will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Civil Rights Memorial Center located at 400 Washington Ave. in Montgomery.

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