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The bells Marquis Flowers Womens Jersey of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., tolled Monday in remembrance of the four girls who were killed when a bomb exploded at the church on this day 40 years ago.
The church is still grappling with its place in history, Melanie Peeples reports. Just last year, the last living man believed responsible for the attack, Bobby Frank Cherry, was convicted of the crime.
The bomb exploded mid morning, during Sunday services. Carolyn McKinstry, who was 14 years old at the time, was secretary of her Sunday school class. She was taking attendance records into the sanctuary when the bomb went off.
"I heard something that sounded, at first, a little like thunder and then just this terrific noise and the windows came crashing in," McKinstry told NPR in 2001. "And then a lot of screaming, just a lot of screaming and I heard someone say, Hit the floor.' And I remember being on the floor . and it was real quiet."
The bomber had hidden under a set of cinder block steps on the side of the church, tunneled under the basement and placed a bundle of dynamite under what turned out to be the girls' rest room. The blast killed four girls: Cynthia Wesler, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins all 14 and 11 year old Denise McNair. More than 20 others were injured, including Addie Mae's sister Sarah, who lost an eye in the attack.
McKinstry says it was no accident that the Ku Klux Klan targeted the 16th Street Baptist Church.
"It was the largest black church in Birmingham, but because of its central location it bengalsnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-marquis-flowers-jersey.html was used for a lot of other things, all kinds of meetings, national, local and so forth," she recalls.
The Byzantine style structure, with two domed towers and a roomy basement auditorium, served as the hub for the mass meetings of the civil rights movement, drawing leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Marchers would assemble at the church and then cross the street to demonstrate at Kelly Ingram Park, the site of violent clashes between Birmingham police and civil rights activists.
The brutal attack and the death of four girls rocked the nation and drew international attention to the violent struggle for civil rights in Birmingham.
But despite the outrage and an intense FBI investigation, no one was charged in the crime. That was the real horror of it, according McKinstry.
"These are friends of mine," she said. "And we come Russell Bodine Womens Jersey to Sunday school one day and they're gone. They're dead. Then Attorney General Bill Baxley charged Klan leader Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss with murder. In 1977, he was convicted.
Chambliss died in jail, never publicly admitting to the bombing. Baxley left office before he could pursue charges against Chambliss' suspected accomplices. One of them has since died.
Thirty eight years after the bombing, Thomas Blanton Jr. was finally convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. A year later, in May 2002, Bobby Frank Cherry was also found guilty for the deaths of the four girls, and given a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Hutterites coming to Prince Albert for book signing
The Nine, a group of ex Hutterites from both Canadian and the United States, is doing a book signing at the Coles store in the Prince Albert Gateway Mall on Friday.
The group consisting of Sheryl Waldner, Karen Waldner, Rodney Waldner. Titus Waldner, Glenda Maendel, Cindy Waldner, Darlene Waldner, Junia Waldner and Jason Waldner wrote Ben Gardner Youth Jersey the book Hutterites: Our Story to Freedom about their experiences leaving their Hutterite colonies and learning to live on the outside.
"The reason we wrote the book is that we all left, all nine of us left, because of our faith in Jesus Christ," Glenda said. "Growing up in the Hutterite colony, once we decided we wanted to follow the Lord and accepted him into our hearts, that is when all the struggles began."
The group dealt with a number of insecurities, including shame, fear, condemnation, not knowing how to fit in or how to follow their faith.
"We knew once we left, there were friends, family that we left behind that are struggling with some of the things that we talk about in the book," Glenda said. "We want Hutterites and non Hutterites to know there is freedom in Jesus Christ."
It took the group seven years of being free of the Hutterite colony to feel comfortable enough to share their stories with the world. Although it took them that long to share, they feel it is their responsibility to speak up.
"I think it is sad that how many people leave for a reason to serve the Lord or not, just wanting to be out and do their own thing, and they see that the system is wrong and they can't live in it, but they would never speak up and think it is wrong to speak up against it," Junia said. "We do not agree with that. That is why we are speaking up."
At book signings in the past, the Nine have been approached by ex Hutterites who have encouraged them and praised what they are doing.
"They saw it takes a lot of courage to stand up and speak out because some of them had left the colony for years but they were still under that connotation and the pressure of what the people in the colony will think," Karen said. "They still will not dare to speak up, even though they have been gone for years."
Although it is not the case for all of them, some of the Nine or their family members were excommunicated for being open about their faith www.officialbuccaneersnflauthentic.com/authentic-mike-evans-jersey.html in Jesus.
"People see them as a Christian community and our family had to leave because we were open about our faith in Jesus Christ that (he) is our lord and savior, not a system or way of life," Cindy said. "As soon as you stand up for that, they start excommunicating people."
They also feel others who have left colonies need to know there are others out there who have taken the plunge and are willing to help.
"I got help and I know there is a lot of people struggling with the things we are struggling with," Rodney said. "People need to hear the message of hope and as Karen said, we feel responsible to share out story."
Rodney said his father, who was a Sunday School teacher, was excommunicated after sharing his faith in Jesus at Sunday School
"He received a lot of friction to the point where 30 to 40 ministers came together and had meetings with him and my cousin for believing in Jesus Christ and being open about it," Rodney said. "He (and my cousin) got excommunicated for saying that they can call someone on the outside a brother or sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no difference where you were born, what colour you are, it doesn't matter because the Bible says whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother, my sister and my mother."
Leaving the colony, there were a number of challenges the Nine faced through their journey.
"When you leave the Hutterite colony, you don't get any money, you don't www.cowboysnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-ben-gardner-jersey.html get anything," Rodney said.
Those who have been baptized as Hutterites give up all their rights to possessions, energy and possessions. When they leave, they do not have the rights to anything, not even the clothes on their backs.
Another challenge was the language barrier they faced. Although Hutterites have to learn English as part of the public school curriculum, on the colony they speak "Hutterisch," a German dialect only Hutterites speak.
"I avoided any English conversation with anybody on the outside," Rodney said. "Even if I went to town, I would try to have someone else speak it for me because I was embarrassed because I never used it. Communication was a big thing when we left."
Another hurdle was the clothing they wore, Junia said.
"When you think about it, all of us girls left with our dresses and head coverings and we thought that was what we would wear the rest of our lives," Glenda added. "I thought that was the only way I could be modest is to wear it. That is not your salvation, that is not will take you to (heaven) but that is what we thought."
Other challenges were getting driver's licenses, since most Hutterite women are not allowed to Mike Evans Youth Jersey drive, and starting up a business, since they didn't know much about money or banks.
They hope to be role models and inspiration for other Hutterites who would like to leave their colonies.
"In a way, the hardest thing at first was coming to the decision that 'Now I'm leaving,'" Sandy said. "You have to decide what to do."
Luckily, the nine had some help from people on the outside, which helped them make the transition. They said the help and support was indescribable.
At first, some of them said they didn't realize how much oppression and control the Hutterite system had on them until they left.
"At the start, one of the hardest things was knowing that we were going into a totally different type of life," Junia said. "I knew I wasn't going back but having to step out into the totally new (world)."
Through their faith and help from other ex Hutterites and concerned citizens, the Nine successfully transitioned to the outside world.
Arians says Kelly's attack is 'a great college offense'
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, the former coach at Temple, says the read option is www.officialbuccaneersnflauthentic.com/authentic-akeem-spence-jersey.html a great college offense that doesn work well in the NFL. (PHELAN M. In his world, the song always sounds better on vinyl, no 21st century sitcom comes close to being as funny as The Andy Griffith Show, and quarterbacks ought to stay in the pocket and out of harm's way.
Arians is 61 years old. It has been 25 years since Temple fired him after his six seasons there as head coach, more than 30 years since he was Alabama's running backs coach for two seasons under Bear Bryant.
He won two Super Bowls and went to a third as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was the Associated Press' NFL coach of the year last year as an interim, filling in for the cancer stricken Chuck Pagano and guiding the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs. He has coached Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. He is coaching Carson Palmer. He has done and seen some stuff.
Now Arians is the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, whom the Eagles play Sunday, and he made it clear Wednesday that the read option the fulcrum of Chip Kelly's offensive system does nothing for him. During a conference call, Arians was asked about those quarterbacks, such as the Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III and the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, who either had been injured while running the read option or haven't been as productive this season as they'd been last season. Was he surprised these quarterbacks had regressed?
"I still think it's a great offense. It's a great college offense when you put a great athlete back there," Arians said. "But when you're facing great athletes, with the speed that's in the NFL who are chasing these guys, unless you're superhuman, you're going to get hurt sooner or later not hurt, but beat up and bruised up, Charles Sims Youth Jersey and you don't want your quarterback feeling bruised up when he's trying to throw and be accurate."
Kelly was not available Wednesday to respond, but make no mistake: With those words, Arians turned Sunday's game into more than an important matchup between two teams with NFC playoff aspirations.
There was already an interesting subplot here; the Cardinals hired Arians in mid January after the Eagles, he said, declined to interview him. But this is a clash of NFL cultures now: Kelly's newfangled offense, with its exotic alignments and schemes, against the timeless assets that Arians has at his disposal a big quarterback with a big arm in Palmer, tall and talented wide receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, and the willingness to dare defenses to stop them.
But the contrast between the two goes even deeper. Kelly had the Bar Kays' "Too Hot to Stop" and Van Halen's "Panama" blaring from giant speakers at practice Tuesday, and he still gets sideways glances from those who are cynical about his appreciation for sports science, the cheery backslapping and hand pumping that punctuates most of his interactions with his players, and his belief that a coach doesn't have to work 20 hours a day to do his job well.
Arians has a different style, to say the least. At Temple, he had four roles: head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, recruiting coordinator. He ended up in the hospital eight times over those six years, he said, because of migraines and stomach problems. "I was only 36," he said. "I felt like I was 80."
Over time, he said, he learned to delegate more, but he admitted he still coaches with a jagged edge, always mindful of a saying Bryant passed on to him: Coach 'em hard, and hug 'em later.
"I've lived by that," he said. "I think anybody who's ever played for me, they get coached extremely hard, Austin Seferian-Jenkins Youth Jersey but they know I care about them. That's just football coaching."
However antiquated his methods might seem, it's hard to argue that they don't work. The Colts went 11 5 under him last year, and the Cardinals who have three winning seasons since 1985 are 7 4 this year.
Arians waited a long time to become an NFL head coach, and just like Kelly, he is doing the job the only way he knows how to do it, and this should be fun Sunday. Innovation vs. tradition. Bold and different vs. tried and true. These two franchises made their choices, and yes, this will be something to see.
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It's been a long time coming. The Manhattan Casino, once the heart of the city's African American community, was purchased by the city in 2001 for Keith McGill Youth Jersey $395,000. The city restored it with $2.8 million in taxpayer money. Sylvia Woods, the "Queen of Soul Food," died at age 86 last year, but her recipes for fried chicken, peach cobbler and corn bread live on in the attractive restaurant that opened Nov. 9.
The project had many advocates, from Mayor Bill Foster to Woods' eldest son, Van, to Larry Newsome and his nonprofit Urban Development Solutions (which will follow up with a second franchised location in Fort Myers). And since its opening, city officials and Midtown boosters have kept the place hopping.
But will it be the kind of soul food landmark that the Harlem has been for more than 50 years? It seems unlikely thus far.
The food is just fair, very little of it memorable or vibrant. The nation has been swept up in a Southern food renaissance the past few years, foods of the South being elevated and reinvented with contemporary tastes and au courant ingredients in mind. Top honors James Beard Awards and the like have been bestowed on this new spate of Southern restaurants, many of them not even in the South. Is it fair, then, to bring these heightened expectations to a new soul food restaurant?
Of course, this prompts the www.raidersnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-keith-mcgill-jersey.html question: Just what is soul food and how is it different from Southern food? Soul food is rooted in the African American community, much of it the down home vittles of the rural South. But it's not entirely accurate to say that Southern food is the larger category, as in all soul food is Southern food, but not all Southern is soul.
Soul food is also what many urban Northeastern African Americans grew up with. Maybe suburban Midwesterners, too. So geography doesn't matter much it's more of an ingredient thing. It's a cuisine born of scarcity (as so many beloved cuisines are): beans, greens and cornmeal, richness provided by pork (often the odd bits like necks, feet and ears), lots of salt and hot pepper sauce from Louisiana or the West Indies.
So, it's grandma, maybe great grandma food. Fine, but food availability is different now. At , the peaches in the peach cobbler and the yams in the candied yams taste like they come from a can. The banana pudding and the dumplings taste like they come from a mix. The buttered corn tastes like it was frozen and the black eyed peas (Wed. Sun.) and lima beans (Mon. Tues.) are stewed so long and are so mushy it's hard to tell whether they came from dried, canned or fresh beans.
The young 150 seat restaurant aims to please. You are greeted warmly in a clean, spare dining room with red banquettes, gray walls and wide banks of windows. Warm corn bread (different every visit) is whisked tableward and tooth achingly sweet iced teas get refilled promptly. Once you've ordered, food often arrives instantly (to me signaling that very little is made to order), but then there may be service stutters and lags. That's easy stuff Kevin Pamphile Youth Jersey to work out for a new venture.
The bigger question is does fill a niche that will drive customers to a part of town not known for its restaurants? The traditional collards ($3.25 or $4.99 for a large order, but free as a side with most dishes) are lush with their smoky pork scented pot liquor, and a passel of chicken livers sauteed with peppers and onions and then ladled with brown gravy ($6.95 as appetizer, $9.95 as meal) make a delightful dish seldom seen around here. Ditto the crunchy, moist fried catfish ($12.95).
But the burger ($8.95) served with limp sweet potato fries, a generous wedge of meatloaf ($9.95) and even the fried chicken (served as a whole leg at lunch, $7.95) have a long way to go to be competitive with St. Petersburg's top offerings. The city has done much to support this Midtown revitalization project, but at the end of the day, the success or failure of any restaurant, regardless of cuisine, hews closely to what is on the plate.