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AR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMISSION: Black History Month Virtual Programming
February 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announces a series of ongoing virtual programs to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans in observance of African American history month.
“Addie Mae will you tie my sash?” Those were the last words Sara Collins heard before a blast ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Alabama killing her sister, Addie Mae Collins and four other girls in September of 1963. Mrs. Sara Collins-Rudolph will share her account of that fateful day and her life as “The Fifth Girl.” Some conversations about history are very difficult to discuss. However, they are necessary. Children played a significant role in the Civil Rights movement. There were several who made sacrifices along the way, these young ladies were martyred, the most innocent victims. We want to encourage children to have these conversations, though difficult, they enable us to analyze history and reaction to tragic events, understanding, and promoting nonviolence as a way of life. “I’ve visited the 16th Street Baptist Church National Historic Site and being there is a very emotional experience. We are honored to host Mrs. Rudolph, she has an incredible story. She is a survivor,” says DuShun Scarbrough, Executive Director of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission.
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