The Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Star — Sept. 16, 1963 Readable PDF

The Indianapolis Star reports on the violence in Birmingham following the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. The article, "Church Bomb Kills 4 Girls," provides a detailed account of the attack. Four girls attending Sunday school died after an assailant threw a bomb into the crowded church. Unfortunately, the violence did not cease once the smoke cleared. As the Star reporter notes, rioters flooded the streets of Birmingham and dozens were arrested and even more injured. After the bombing, the paper describes NAACP chief Roy Wilkins pleading with President John F. Kennedy and the country to put an end to racial hostility.

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