To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where the 4 little Black girls lost their lives, which served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) September 15, 2013, will mark 50 years since the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, known as the ``4 little Black girls'', were suddenly taken by a bomb planted in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (2) The senseless and premature death of the 4 little Black girls sparked ``The Movement that Changed the World''. (3) On that tragic Sunday in September of 1963, the world took notice of the violence inflicted in the struggle for equal rights. (4) The fact that 4 innocent children lost their lives as they prepared for Sunday School shook the world's conscience. (5) 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 later the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which were signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. (6) Justice was delayed for these 4 little Black girls and their families until 2002, 39 years after the...