Hello Birmingham, Alabama. I am President EM, and today I will be talking to you about the bombing of the Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church that happened just last week on September 15, 1963. I am here to assure you that all of the damage in the church will be fixed, but I know that the damage in your hearts might take a little more effort to be fixed. We will now take a moment of silence to remember Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, Rest In Peace.
After the Break
Let’s first talk about who bombed the church. I know that many of you are wondering who and why somebody would do such a terrible thing such as bombing a church. We believe that two members of the Ku Klux Klan or the KKK were either driving by the church and threw a bomb at it, or before Sunday school placed the bomb inside of the church. Don’t worry, we are doing everything we can to find the KKK and put an end to their terror. We believe that this was done because of segregation. I am sure you all know that there is a lot of segregation in the South. I stand with Civil Rights, and I believe that everyone is equal. Any place I see with “White Only” or “Colored Only” signs angers me. Everyone is equal, we are all people, no matter what we look like. It is not fair for you and I to be treated differently, and judged by the color of our skin. I am fighting for you all, and I hope you know that.
What can you do to help eliminate segregation? Well, you can first not use any violence. You all can hold protests and you can protest against “White Only” things, but you can not resort to violence. Being violent will just prove their points. Many white people believe that you all are wild, violent animals, but you are not. You all are kind, wonderful people, so use that to your strengths. You all can hold marches and use signs that say things that you feel are wrong with this country. Don’t be afraid, you aren’t doing anything wrong by holding protests. You are fighting for what is right, and don’t let them change that. We all need to stand up for what we believe in and thinks is right.
Now let’s talk about the repairs that will need to be done the the church. We will, and we have been working day and night to fix the destruction. I kindly ask you to stay away from the church, because we are using big, heavy machinery, and we don’t want you all to get hurt. If there are any volunteers who would like to help fix the Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church, your help is much needed. We are trying to get the church back up and running on November 12, 1963. I am personally helping out with the repairs, and I am on my hands and knees like everyone else, working to make the church and all of Birmingham safe and fixed.
Thank you for listening and I hope that we can work together to end segregation in Birmingham, and repair the church. This is a matter that needs to be addressed and changed. My heart goes out to all of you and I hope we can help change our ways and make Birmingham a great place again. I sympathize with the four girls’ families and all of the rest of you. Thank you, and good day.