National Constitution Center

Friday, June 16, 2017 • 12 P.M.

Admission is free

On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls and injuring many others. Join survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, Washington Post editor and author of Kennedy and King Steven Levingston, and Philadelphia Orchestra composer-in-residence Hannibal Lokumbe as they discuss how the bombing impacted the meaning of “equality” in America and how local events can bring about constitutional change. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

A special performance by Hannibal Lokumbe will precede the discussion. Copies of Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights will be available for sale before and after the program.

This program is presented as part of a three-day series of community events in collaboration with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Painted Bride. View the complete schedule of events here.

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