A mural on the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., that left four young Sunday school students dead is among several activities at Duke Divinity School during Black History Month in February recognizing the significant impact of the black church in the greater church community and in the lives of black people. The bombing proved to be a watershed moment of the Civil Rights movement.
The Black Seminarians Union, the New Creation Arts Group, the Baptist House of Studies, and the Office of Black Church Studies are sponsoring several activities titled “Beauty for Ashes: Truth, Triumph & Tension,” including the mixed media mural created to depict the church bombing. The title also was the theme of the BSU 40th anniversary celebration earlier in February.
The mural seeks to give an accurate depiction of the bombing, as well as probe viewers about their contributions to the brokenness of the body of Christ and challenge them to become involved in the process of healing the body.
Other activities are:
Thursday, Feb. 25
“Beauty for Ashes: Truth, Triumph & Tension” Brown Bag Luncheon and Discussion
Movie Screening of “Four Little Girls,” a 1997 Spike Lee film about the bombing
For details about events, contact Joy Moore , director of the Office of Black Church Studies.