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16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (1963)

The 16th Street Baptist was a large and prominent church located downtown, just blocks from Birmingham’s commercial district and City Hall. Just before 11 o’clock on September 15, 1963, instead of rising to begin prayers, the congregation was knocked to the ground. As a bomb exploded under the steps of the church, they sought safety under the pews and shielded each other from falling debris.

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Lieutenant General Daniel James II

Lt. Gen. Daniel James III is Director, Air National Guard, Arlington, Va. The general is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 106,800 Guard members in more than 88 flying units and 200 geographically separated units throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

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General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. 

Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. was a career officer in the United States Army. One of the few black officers in an era when American society was largely segregated, in 1940 he was promoted to brigadier general, the army’s first African American general officer. He served for 50 years, beginning as a temporary first lieutenant during the Spanish American War.

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