An exploding bomb killed 11-year-old Denise McNair on a Sunday morning in 1963, when she was 11. The young girl was about to enter an assembly for the closing sermon at the Sixteenth Street (African-American) Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, with a group of kids. Three other little girls lost their lives, too.
It was the civil-rights era and the Ku Klux Klan wasn’t interested in efforts to stop segregation. The church had been a rallying point for the civil-rights movement.
Denise would be 58 today, a handful of years younger than I. Instead, her life was sacrificed, opening the door for many FOF women of the future to do things that women before them could only imagine.
I wish you were one of us, Denise. I saw your wonderful mom and dad interviewed on a TV special last night about “boomers.” They miss you. Know you are in all our hearts and souls.