On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl’s rest room she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl’s life.
While the World Watched is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow South—from the bombings, riots and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights movement. A uniquely moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past 5 decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.
While the World Watched is a personal, historical, and first person narrative account and the only account written by someone who was present on Sunday morning, September 15, 1963.I was inspired to remind the world of what happens when we teach hatred and to remind us that America has been at these crossroads many times before. The book is an extension of and a tool for the ongoing ministry of reconciliation. I was also inspired to write it for my children and family.
"During that time God gave me a renewed vision for the church- both the physical building and his people. As a community, we have a charge to care for the building, because this is where we come to do the Lord's work. We have inherited this structure and the history it contains, and we need to take care of it. But at the same time, we are the true church, not the building. God's love resides inside us, so whenever we go out into the world, we take the church with us. God showed me that yes, I need to be a part of the physical church, but I also need to take his love outside the church walls."
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