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Amandla Stenberg Remarks
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication
Reflections on Women of the Civil Rights Movement
October 16, 2011
My knowledge of the civil rights movement is from what I’ve learned in school and what my parents taught me.
Today, I want to honor four little girls of the civil rights movement: eleven-year-old Denise McNair, fourteen year-old Addie Mae Collins; Carole Robertson, fourteen; and Cynthia Wesley, fourteen. In 1963, they were killed at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama when a bomb exploded while they were in Sunday school.
I’m 12 years old. Those four little girls were my age. Although, they didn’t live long enough to be recognized as women of the civil rights movement, they should be part of that wonderful legacy because as Dr. King said at their funeral: “They didn’t live long lives, but they lived meaningful lives.”
I plan to live a meaningful life, too.