A Conversation with Mrs. Sarah Collins Rudolph


Sarah Collins Rudolph

Monday, September 14, 2020

In a blatant act of domestic terrorism, the Klu Klux Klan bombed Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church at 10:22am on Sunday, September 15, 1963, killing four little girls: Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), Cynthia Wesley (14), and Addie Mae Collins (14).  Their tragic deaths spurred the eventual passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, even as the loss of their lives left irreparable holes in their families and communities.

One little girl, however, survived the blast, Sarah Collins, Addie Mae Collins’s younger sister, who was 12 at the time.  She is the “fifth little girl.”  Join us for a conversation with Mrs. Sarah Collins Rudolph as she bears witness to her struggles and triumphs since that tragic Sunday morning in September. 

Visit her website to learn more about Mrs. Sarah Collins Rudolph!  



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