16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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