Sarah Collins Rudolph, Survivor of 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing, Hopes ‘We Can All Come Together and Love One Another’ on 58th Anniversary

Sarah Collins Rudolph survived the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed her sister and three other girls. (Photo by Greg Garrison/

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church will hold its annual observance today of the bombing at the church on Sept. 15, 1963 that killed four girls and mobilized the civil rights movement, helping dismantle segregation laws.

Sarah Collins Rudolph, who was severely injured in the bombing and whose sister Addie Mae Collins was one of those killed, will be in attendance.

She’s saddened that racism continues to rear its head in the United States.

“All this racism is coming back again, and it shouldn’t be,” Rudolph said in an interview with Alabama Media Group. “We should all come together and try to love one another.”

The 1963 bombing killed her sister, then 14, along with three others – Carole Robertson, 14; Cynthia Wesley, 14; and Denise McNair, 11. It left Sarah with serious permanent injuries, including the loss of an eye.

Rudolph has shared her story in the book, “The 5th Little Girl: Soul Survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (The Sarah Collins Rudolph Story),” written by Tracy D. Snipe, based on conversations with Rudolph.

Another book about Rudolph has just been published for children. It’s called “The Introduction to Sarah Collins,” by Lavon Stennis Williams, of Omaha, Nebraska.

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SOURCE:, Greg Garrison

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