TODAY   |  September 15, 2013

Marking 50th anniversary of Alabama church bombing

A bomb set by the Ku Klux Klan at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963 killed four girls and injured many more. Today, the Birmingham church stands as a witness to the violence and suffering that erupted during the civil rights era. NBC’s Sarah Dallof reports.

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>>> 50 years ago today a bomb exploded at the 16th street baptist church in birmingham , alabama, killing four young girls. we check in with sarah dal love in birmingham with more on that story. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, thomas. it's described as one of the most horrific acts of violence during the civil rights era . 50 years ago a bomb plant pd here at the 16th street baptist church by the kkk detonated killing those four young girls between the ages of 11 and 14. the anger and reflection that rippled throughout the country is credited with helping passkey civil rights legislation and today a chance to honor the memory of those four young girls as well as the good that came out of this terrible crime. that includes events that start here at the church with a sunday school sermon entitled "a love that forgives." that is the same sermon planned form 50 years ago. a tolling of the bells will mark the exact moment of the explosion. u.s. attorney general eric holder and condoleezza rice , a birmingham native, will be on hand for the events. thomas, back to you.

>> sarah, thanks so much.