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U.S. House to vote on bill honoring 16th Street bombing victims

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The U.S. House of Representatives has announced plans to vote Wednesday on H.R. 360.

It's a resolution that will request Congress to bestow its highest civilian honor--the Congressional Gold Medal--to Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair.

The four girls were killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham.

"I look forward to this historic opportunity to vote on this bill that will honor the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley posthumously with a Congressional Gold Medal. This medal will serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of the many sacrifices made and the great achievements obtained so that this nation can live up to its ideals of equality and justice for all. I am delighted to have Diane Braddock and Lisa McNair, the sisters of Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, join me on Wednesday and I look forward to the passage of the bill," said Rep. Terri Sewell.

"The presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal would be a fitting commemoration of the legacy of these four young girls and of a landmark event in the civil rights movement that led to permanent change for the better in our society. From the vantage point of 50 years later, we can see how the belief of the civil rights movement in nonviolent change helped our nation to avoid the animosities and calamities that have destroyed the fabric of other societies and countries," said Rep. Spencer Bachus.

Lisa McNair, the sister of Denise McNair, says she plans to travel to Washington, D.C. for the vote Wednesday.

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