SF NAACP Says: Register Voters to Commemorate Birmingham Children

Dr. Amos C. Brown

The San Francisco Branch of the NAACP joins the national NAACP’s call this Saturday for commemoration and rededication to civic engagement to mark the day the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, Sept.15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. Forty-nine years ago during a church service titled, “The Love that Forgives,” members of the KKK set off explosives that killed four little girls: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carol Robertson and Denise McNair. In honor of their memory, Dr. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church and President of the San Francisco NAACP is calling on every faith community and asking their members to pledge to register 16 new voters on Sunday, Sept. 16. These beautiful, innocent martyrs who were murdered at church should inspire all African Americans and people of good will to become civically involved that we might elect officials and pursue public policies that will insure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens of our great democracy, said Brown. Remembering four little girls who lost their lives in a city where Blacks were fighting for the good life of all citizens, it should be our determination that the lives of these little girls would not have been in vain and inspire us to get busy and register the 6 million African Americans in this nation who are eligible to vote but are not, he said. The shortest route to freedom, according to the late Martin Luther King, Jr., is the route to the voting booth, Brown said. In California there are 204,000 who are not registered. The NAACP is committed to defending the freedoms and liberties that these girls never lived to see, Brown said. Our most fundamental freedom, the right to vote, must be preserved and exercised without voter intimidation or voter suppression, he said. For further information contact Dr. Amos C. Brown at (415) 559- 2978.
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