WATCH: Rev. Carolyn McKinstry, survivor of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing, shares her story

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On Sept. 15, 1963 – a Sunday – a bomb blast ripped through the side of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four little girls and drawing the horrified attention of the world. The Rev. Carolyn McKinstry, who grew up in Birmingham, was at the church that day. The then-teen picked up a ringing phone and heard a male voice say “Three minutes,” confusing her. Only moments later, the side of the building blew up, leading to the death of four little girls. McKinstry recently shared her story with Black News & Views:

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