A Cappella Books and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum welcome U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama to discuss his new book "Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights." Jones details the story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in his prosecution of the last living bombers.
An audience Q&A will follow Sen. Jones's presentation, after which he will sign copies of his book in the library lobby.
We anticipate that demand will exceed available seating for this event. We highly recommend that you purchase a ticket, which includes a signed copy of the book, in order to reserve your seat.
About the Book
On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed. The blast killed four young girls and injured 22 others. The FBI suspected four particularly radical Ku Klux Klan members. Yet due to reluctant witnesses, a lack of physical evidence, and pervasive racial prejudice the case was closed without any indictments.
But as Martin Luther King, Jr. famously expressed it, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Years later, Alabama Attorney General William Baxley reopened the case, ultimately convicting one of the bombers in 1977. Another suspect passed away in 1994, and U.S. Attorney Doug Jones tried and convicted the final two in 2001 and 2002, representing the correction of an outrageous miscarriage of justice nearly 40 years in the making. Jones himself went on to win election as Alabama’s first Democratic Senator since 1992 in a dramatic race against Republican challenger Roy Moore.
"Bending Toward Justice" is a dramatic and compulsively readable account of a key moment in our long national struggle for equality, related by an author who played a major role in these events. A distinguished work of legal and personal history, the book is destined to take its place as a canonical civil rights history.
About the Author
Doug Jones is a U.S. Senator who has made finding common ground a hallmark of his tenure. In 2017, he became the first Democrat to win a Senate election in Alabama since 1992. As U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 1997 to 2001, Jones prosecuted two former Ku Klux Klan members for their roles in the racially-motivated 1963 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing that took the lives of four girls. He also secured an indictment against Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph.