Class 22 was welcomed to Birmingham with a riveting church service at 16th Street Baptist Church, a congregation that would not be shaken after the 1963 bombing that killed four young children.
At Kelly Ingram Park, students reflected at a “place of revolution and reconciliation,” walking on ground zero of the Birmingham Children’s March while noticing the poverty that continues to plague the city today.
Students discussed trauma and hope with Lisa McNair, whose sister Denise McNair was killed when the 16th St. Baptist Church was bombed. “I had a sister I didn’t even get a chance to know. I don’t know what she sounded like,” she said. “It’s a weight of sadness.”