The Washington Times - September 15, 2013, 03:28PM

On the 50th anniversary of the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., President Obama said Sunday the “horrific” deaths of four black girls helped to spur the civil rights movement.

“It galvanized Americans all across the country to stand up for equality and broadened support for a movement that would eventually lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.


Killed in the blast were Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Mr. Obama met their family members earlier this year when the girls posthumously were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.