Michael W. Waters, Huffington Post
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07/14/2013 | Fifty years ago, on Wednesday, September 18, 1963, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arose to speak from the pulpit of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Near the altar before him rested three small caskets containing the mutilated bodies of three young girls, Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Cynthia Wesley (age 14), and Denise McNair (age 11). The three girls, along with Carole Robertson (age 14), were casualties of a domestic terrorist event that previous Sunday morning as a bomb was detonated at their church near the women's restroom. As he delivered their eulogy, Dr. King sought to provide solace for the families of the deceased and to provide strength to a deeply grieving community and nation. King also sought to add a sense of dignity and greater meaning to the tragic death of these children.
Not even a full month prior, Dr. King arose to speak of his dream for America upon the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. King spoke, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." King's hopes for his own four children would not be realized in the four girls being eulogized. In what history now records as "Eulogy for the Martyred Children", Dr. King prophetically and eloquently addressed the nation. Concerning the young girl's enduring legacy, Dr. King spoke, "...They have something to say to each of us in their death...They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers."
Zimmerman verdict: A green light for racist vigilantes, Rich Benjamin, Salon
Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 | This verdict allows every paranoid, sub-intelligent, vigilante with a gun to go on victimizing black youth