While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement

While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement


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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 girl’s restroom 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 5 decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414336374
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 231,637
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Maull McKinstry is a survivor of the Civil Rights struggle and an eyewitness to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. As a teenager, she marched under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bravely faced Bull Connor's German shepherds and stinging fire hoses during the battle for equal rights in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.

Now, nearly fifty years after the bombing, Carolyn is still an active member of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, serves as president of the Sixteenth Street Foundation, and works full time spreading her message of racial reconciliation.

A highly sought-after speaker, she has appeared on Oprah, 20/20,CNN,and MSNBC, and portions of her story have been featured in Life magazine and USA Today.She has made numerous television and documentary appearances, including Spike Lee's documentary Four Little Girls; Soledad O'Brien's Black in America; Brian Williams's Shades of Progress, Shadows of Hate; and Family Network's We Shall Not Be Moved.

Carolyn has addressed audiences in New Delhi, Mumbai, Barcelona, and the Italian Baptist Evangelical Union in Rome, as well as the Rosa Parks Museum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and numerous colleges and universities.

She recently received her master of divinity from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where she currently lives with her husband, Jerome.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Timeline xi

Chapter 1 Too Great a Burden to Bear 1

Chapter 2 Halfway In and Halfway Out 23

Chapter 3 The Strong One 41

Chapter 4 The Bomb Heard 'Round the World 55

Chapter 5 Life Is but a Vapor 63

Chapter 6 Four Little Coffins 75

Chapter 7 The Aftermath 81

Chapter 8 The World Was Silent 93

Chapter 9 "It's Time!" 109

Chapter 10 D-day 129

Chapter 11 Double D-day 139

Chapter 12 The Most Dangerous Racist in America 147

Chapter 13 The Battle Continues 159

Chapter 14 Servant, Heal Thyself 169

Chapter 15 Bombingham 181

Chapter 16 Will the Violence Ever End? 191

Chapter 17 The Deaths of the Dreamers 203

Chapter 18 Je-Romeo 215

Chapter 19 Turning Points 223

Chapter 20 The First Arrest 231

Chapter 21 Back to Birmingham 239

Chapter 22 The Calling 247

Chapter 23 The Cherry Trial 253

Epilogue 273

Sample Jim Crow Laws 287

Letter from Barack Obama to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church 291

Notes 295

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