Fifty years ago this morning, a bomb set by members of the Ku Klux Klan exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair. The girls had been walking into the basement assembly area to hear “The Love That Forgives,” the pastor's sermon of the day.
The bomb was a gesture of hate and rage, a symbol of defiance of one of the founding concepts of our nation: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Some of our founders didn't particularly mean it — except, perhaps, for a very narrow definition of "all men" — and since then many have rejected it, and continue to.
Evil exists. Perhaps evil persists. So does injustice. But we — you, sitting there, and I — can do something about it. We can make a difference. If you doubt me, consider how the world of 2013 is different than the world of 1963. Dream of what the world of 2063 could be.
What if everyone who read this decided to devote half an hour this week to do something to fight evil and injustice?
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