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For release Thursday, February 17, 2011
CONTACT: Mia Rutledge
Public Relations Clerk
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3604

Alabama Author Carolyn Maull McKinstry Discusses While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement

Part of BPL’s Alabama Bound Presents

On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girls’ rest room she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl’s life. While the World Watched is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow South—from the bombings, riots, and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights movement. A uniquely moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past five decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.

Carolyn Maull McKinstry discusses While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement

Five Points West Library Auditorium, 4812 Avenue West, 35208
Sunday, March 6, 2011, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Light reception follows.
Books available for purchase at the program from The Amen Book corner in Pelham. 

Alabama Bound Presents is a series of Alabama author talks and book signings offered free-of-charge by the Birmingham Public. Alabama Bound Presents highlights local and regional authors who reflect the diversity of our community and draw from a wide range of personal experience. Through programs such as these, the library seeks to provide Birmingham citizens of all ages with opportunities for entertainment, ongoing education, and personal growth and an opportunity for local authors to publicize their latest work. This series replaces the one day event, Alabama Bound, previously held in the spring of each year.

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