The Alabama governor apologized for avoiding the 1963 KRK bombings that killed four black girls


K Ivey of the Alabama government on Wednesday apologized to Sarah Collins Rudolph, a survivor of the Ku Klux Klan bombings that seriously injured her and killed four black girls, including her sister, in 1963.

In a letter sent to Collins Rudolph’s lawyers, Ivey offered “sincere, heartfelt apologies” for the “racist, separatist rhetoric” used by some of our leaders during that time.

Ivey said that there should be no question that Collins Rudolph, who was 12 years old when 57 years ago Klan members bombed 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, and four other girls “suffered a gross injustice” Was, which gives rise to untold suffering and suffering in the coming decades. “

On September 15, 2013, bombardment Sarah Collins Rudolph and her husband, George Rudolph, played applause during a Memorial Service at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The church was holding a ceremony in memory of four young girls. Including Collins’ sister Aadi Mae Collins, who was killed in 1963 by a bomb placed outside the church by members of the Ku Klux Klan.Dave Martin / AP File

Collins Rudolph’s lawyers said in a letter to Ivey this month that, while hard-line separatist officials like the government, George Wallace, had not placed the bomb next to the building, he “undisputed” in encouraging his citizens to engage Role Played “Ethnic Violence. “

Collins Rudolph lost his right eye in the bombing. According to The Associated Press, pieces of glass remained in his left eye, his abdomen, and his chest for years.

Her sister, Addie Mae Collins, 14, was killed. So were Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson, also 14, and Dennis McNair, 11.

Ivey said in the letter, “She has carried the burden of bombing for almost her entire life, and we believe her story presents a particularly meritorious and unique opportunity for the state of Alabama, which her previous leaders encouraged. Done and provoked, “.

The attorneys, who are from the Washington, DC, firm Jenner & Block and are pro-Collins Rudolph representations for free, sought an official apology as well as compensation.

Ivey’s letter does not specifically address compensation, noting that the Legislature will have to be involved, and states that “other questions” raised by lawyers will need to be reviewed.

“It appears to me that starting these conversations – without prejudice to any end result, but with the goal of finding mutual agreement – will be a natural extension of my administration’s ongoing efforts to foster fruitful conversations “, I said.

Rudolf Collins’ attorneys, Ishan Bhabha and Alison Stein, said in a statement that they were “satisfied” by the apology and looked forward to future negotiations about compensation.

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