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Bending Toward Justice
Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights | Doug Jones
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The story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in Sen. Doug Jones' prosecution of the last living bombers. On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed. The blast killed four young girls and injured twenty-two others. The FBI suspected four particularly radical Ku Klux Klan members. Yet due to reluctant witnesses, a lack of physical evidence, and pervasive racial prejudice the case was closed without any indictments. But as Martin Luther King, Jr. famously expressed it, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Years later, Alabama Attorney General William Baxley reopened the case, ultimately convicting one of the bombers in 1977. Another suspect passed away in 1994, and US Attorney Doug Jones tried and convicted the final two in 2001 and 2002, representing the correction of an outrageous miscarriage of justice nearly forty years in the making. Jones himself went on to win election as Alabamas first Democratic Senator since 1992 in a dramatic race against Republican challenger Roy Moore. Bending Toward Justice is a dramatic and compulsively readable account of a key moment in our long national struggle for equality, related by an author who played a major role in these events. A distinguished work of legal and personal history, the book is destined to take its place alongside other canonical civil rights histories like Parting the Waters and Mississippi Burning.
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8little_paws This book looks interesting. Can't believe I hadn't heard of it before 8mo
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merelybookish Enjoy!! We had two gorgeous days this week and then snow last night. 🙁 8mo
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kspenmoll @8little_paws The book just came out this month I think. 8mo
kspenmoll @merelybookish I know. We have had snow mid April before! 8mo
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It‘s 68 degrees now at 4pm. What an amazing gift today! Sun came out late morning & it‘s been wonderful! I washed off my glider- it stays out all winter & made myself a reading space. I am sure it will get cold again but enjoying reading outside surrounded by trees bare of leaves & bird song. #porchlife #readingoutdoors #springhascome

Djspens Looks cozy! 😍 8mo
BiblioLitten Sigh! Looks lovely💕 8mo
Crazeedi I cant wait for porch time!❣❣ 8mo
LeslieO Looks lovely. So jealous! We are supposed to get a couple inches of snow tomorrow. 8mo
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IamIamIam Stacked this! It looks like a great read on a difficult event. 8mo
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#Birminghambombing #bookmail #nonfiction
Two books arrived at our house today. One for my husband, one for my son.
The one by DougJones discusses the Birmingham bombing and how it galvanized the Civil Rights movement. Unbeknownst to us,my husband‘s father, an FBI agent in the South at that time, investigated the bombing. In 2001, after the case was reopened, his testimony was vital in the conviction of Thomas Blanton.The other book looks great!

SheReadsAndWrites I JUST started An Elegant Defense today! 🤓 9mo
kspenmoll @SheReadsAndWrites Keep me posted - my son is reading it first. 9mo
merelybookish Wow! That's a cool story about your FIL! 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites I will! 👍🏼 9mo
Suet624 That‘s awesome! 9mo
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