As part of the nationally organized Four Girls Jubilee, Union Theological Seminary will organize events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The bombing, only 19 days after the historic March on Washington killed four young girls, Addie Me Collins, 14, Carole Robertson, 14, Cynthia Wesley, 14, and Denise McNair, 11, and marked a significant turning point in the civil rights movement sparking a nonviolent voting rights campaign.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, a (golden) jubilee is the time 50 years after a monumental injustice when new generations seek redemption, repair, and reconciliation—in the name of all those who have sacrificed their lives. To mark this jubilee, the Black Caucus, Black Women's Caucus, Fierce (the Caucus for Queer People of Color), Students for Peace and Justice, and Office of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement have organized a series of events to be held on Union's campus.
Friday, September 13, the campus will host viewings of Spike Lee's 1997 award nominated documentary, Four Little Girls, which chronicles the events of 1963. There will be three showings each with short facilitated conversations following the showing.
Additionally, starting Thursday, September 12 lasting through Sunday, September 15th, an altar in memory of the bombing and four girls killed will be set up in Union's Administrative Hallway. We invite the community to place their own remembrances, dreams, and hopes for the future at the altar. Sunday night at 9 pm, there will be a small service to memorialize the events at the altar.
If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Williams, DVP of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement.
Friday, September 13
“Four Little Girls” film showing with discussions afterwards
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 15
Commemorative Sunday Service
Commemorative Altar will be set up in Union’s Administrative Hallway
Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 15