Connecting the Dots: Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2010….Birmingham, Alabama in 1963…Has Anything Changed? Sadly, No.

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On September 15, 1963 (my mother had turned 13 years old on this very day.  She was growing up in Mississippi at the time.), the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by KKK sympathizers. Four little girls, Addie Mae Collins (aged 14), Denise McNair (aged 11), Carole Robertson (aged 14), and Cynthia Wesley (aged 14), were killed.  They were all around my mother’s age. The church was targeted because it was the de facto headquarters for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other local civil rights leaders, who met there frequently to develop and refine their protest strategies.  Here are some photos from that fateful day. 

Examining the wreckage after the bombing





The Aftermath of the Bombing (courtesy





Fast forward to 2010, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where, at the proposed site of an Islamic Center, signage was vandalized and property was set aflame.  Federal agents are investigating these acts as possible hate crimes. Is it me, or is it ironic that the alleged fire took place this past Saturday, the day of the Restoring Honor rally, the same day where Glenn Beck invoked the memory of the same Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  

Well, well, well.  What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…. 

Anyway, here are some of pictures…. 

Sign of the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro VANDALIZED


Arson attack destroys dump truck


 Fortunately, no one was harmed as a result of these hateful acts.  However, I am concerned that no one will speak out, if justice is not dispensed fairly and swiftly, if nothing is done to stem the tide of the anti-Islamic sentiment in this country, we will have another Birmingham on our hands.  

Can you live with that?  I think we’ve seen enough, dontcha think? 

I have a 13 year old daughter.  And I don’t want her to have to see these images like perhaps my mother did 47 years ago.  

Enough is enough. 

And Glenn Beck, if you’re reading this, since you’re now the self-proclaimed standard-bearer of King’s legacy, what will you do to speak out against the rising tide of hatred in our country? You can’t co-opt his vision when it’s convenient for you.  You don’t have half the courage the Dr. King had.  You’re a coward and an opportunist of the worse kind. 


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