Denise McNair

Sept. 15, 1963 or Nov. 22, 1963? Which date stands out more in your memory? Most Americans who were alive in 1963 would probably choose Nov. 22. Indeed, even if you weren’t alive in 1963, it would be hard not to know what happened on that day. For the past two or three weeks, it’s […]

It was 50 years ago this week that I fell madly in love with Denise McNair. That love was unrequited. If you don’t immediately recognize the name Denise McNair, perhaps you will if it’s mentioned with three others. Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Those were the “four little girls” killed in the […]

A half century after one of the worst racially-motivated incidents of the civil rights era, Alabama’s congressional delegation introduced legislation Wednesday to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal to the four black girls who were killed in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. If approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate, […]