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    Posted: Apr 26 2013 at 12:54am

Birmingham Church Bombing Victims One Step Closer To Congressional Gold Medal As House OKs Honor

By HENRY C. JACKSON 04/24/13 04:34 PM ET EDT AP

WASHINGTON -- Four young victims of a deadly Alabama church bombing that marked one of the darkest moments of the civil rights movement are one step closer to receiving Congress' highest civilian honor.

By a 420-0 vote, the House on Wednesday passed a measure that posthumously would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair.

The girls were killed when a bomb planted by white supremacists exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in September 1963. The measure will now be considered by the Senate.

The House effort was led by Alabama Reps. Terri Sewell, a Democrat, and Spencer Bachus, a Republican. The two represent Birmingham and presented Wednesday's vote as a way to honor the legacy of the victims.

"It was there blood which was shed for the bounty that so many of us now enjoy," Sewell said.

Bachus said the tragedy pushed the civil rights movement forward and honoring its victims was the correct way to commemorate their legacy.

While Congress has shown broad support for awarding the medal, the idea has split relatives of the four victims. Some are supportive but others are seeking financial compensation.

The sisters of two of the victims, Denise McNair and Carol Robertson, sat in the House gallery to watch the vote, with Sewell noting their presence after the vote and asking members to applaud them.

Relatives of Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley, also known as Cynthia Morris, have both said they do not want the congressional honor.

Addie Mae's sister Sarah, was critically injured in the bombing, losing an eye, though she recovered and later married. In an interview with The Associated Press this month, Sarah Collins Rudolph said she is now seeking millions in financial compensation and would not accept the medal.

"I can't spend a medal," she told the AP.

Cynthia Wesley's brother, Fate Morris, said he also wants compensation and isn't interested in accepting a medal for his sister.

September will mark the 50th anniversary of the church bombing. Three KKK members were convicted years after the attack. Two are dead, with one is still in prison.

Past recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal include Jackie Robinson, former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, and Pope John Paul II.

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Clap and Sarah deserves a medal and the money that she is seeking.  This story has always made me emotionalCryCry
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I had no idea that one of the sisters of the lost little girls was injured and lost an eye due to the bombing!

The government needs to pay up!
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That documentary in them was really sad. You can google the title and watch it for free online. Kinda of graphic because it flashes images if their bodies, but I'm glad their story was told. Give the families what they want.
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Yeah, a medal is nice, but I'm with Sarah...


SHOW ME THE MONEY! Clap If this happened in a synagogue, the govt. would've BEEN wrote them a check... 


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They deserve money because the us government were accomplices in the bombing. I won't be reading the comment section on yahoo or CNN about this story.
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This is like the biggest and most blatant form of mockery ever
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Honesty I would tell them to shove that medal up their ass
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A medal for surviving a bomb set by domestic terrorists and most never receive a prison sentence?
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They should get something.
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