Sept. 15 marked the 50th anniversary of the 16th St. Baptist Church bombing carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan, which injured 22 people and resulted in the death of four little girls – Cynthia Wesley (aged 14), Carole Robertson (aged 14), Addie Mae Collins (aged 14) and Denise McNair (aged 11).
Bill Cosby, who set out to pay his respects by taking part in a remembrance in Birmingham, Alabama, spoke with Don Lemon about why it is so important to never forget events like the horrifying bombing from 1963.
There are people who don’t want to see these scenes talked about again. They weren’t there –– ‘I didn’t do it. Yes, I’m white, but please, do we have to talk [about this].’ It’s painful, but we have to really get to this. So that if you do it the correct way, which is show your children what happened [and] tell your children ‘This is not our fault, but this is what happened then –– look at these faces, the sickness in these faces.’
The beloved TV dad urges us to be proactive about not keeping silent in the video up top. Check it out.