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John Coltrane - Alabama (1963)

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

On the 15th September 1963, the KKK planted a bomb under the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church. The blast killed 4 young black girls, Addie Mae Collins (14), Cynthia Wesley (14), Carole Robertson (14), and Carol Denise McNair (11) and injured another 22 people. This happened even though Martin Luther King had given his infamous 'I Have A Dream' speech earlier that same year. That being said, this tragedy gave the Civil Rights movement further impetus, and a year later in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed.