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"Four Little Girls' to posthumously receive Congressional Gold Medal today

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The "Four Little Girls" will receive recognition today for their role in the Civil Rights movement.

At 2 p.m., Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) and other officials will posthumously bestow the Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. The four were killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. 

Alabamas13.com will be live streaming the ceremony here at 2 p.m.

Congresswoman Sewell, Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-06) Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) were involved in passing the bill to honor the girls, which was signed on May 24. 

"This tragedy galvanized the Civil Rights Movement and sparked a surge of momentum that helped secure the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is befitting that Congress bestow the highest civilian honor to the 'Four Little Girls' the week of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 church bombing," Congresswoman Sewell said. "I am especially honored that the family members of all four girls will be in attendance at the ceremony. Although we will never be able to replace the lives lost or the injuries suffered, this medal will serve as a compelling reminder that the price of freedom is not free. The legacy of the 'Four Little Girls' is emblematic of the sacrifices made by so many people during the 1960's to help us achieve equality and social change. The "Four Little Girls" deserve to have their proper place in history as true heroines in the Civil Rights Movement."

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