What: Reading of Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 by Christina Ham, with music and conversation When: Sunday, September 15, 3:00–5:00pm; Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start time.
Where: SteppingStone Theatre, 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul 55104 Cost: FREE. Seating is limited, reserve free tickets here.
Fifty years ago, on September 15th, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed by the Klu Klux Klan. Four young girls — Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair — were killed. This was only weeks after the history Civil Rights March on Washington. To learn more about this tragic bombing, visit the Birmingham Public Library‘s website, where they have compiled newspaper clippings, photos and other documents.
SteppingStone Theatre is participating in a nationwide commemoration by doing a reading of Four Little Girls – a play they commissioned in 2011. The play grew out of the above quote from Dr. Angela Davis, as a way to give voice to these four girls about the hopes and dreams they carried for their lives. Hopes and dreams that were never realized because of this violent act.
Although this event is free, it is ticketed and seats are limited. Reserve your seats today.
This topic is a sensitive one for young children, especially in the wake of the Sandy Brook Elementary Shootings last year. If you would like to address some of these fears before or after the play, The Fred Rogers Company has some suggestions for speaking to children about tragic events in the news.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”