Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will partner with the city of Birmingham, Alabama to broadcast a pair of special programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four little girls on September 15, 1963. The bombing is largely considered to have marked a turning point in America’s historic civil rights struggle.
On Wednesday, September 11, Donnie McClurkin and Clifton Davis will host a special TBN-produced city-wide worship event from Birmingham’s famed Kelly Ingram Memorial Park. Guests for the program will include Dr. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Birmingham Mayor William Bell, with music CeCe Winans.
Local Birmingham minister Steve Green, the official pastoral representative for the city’s 50th anniversary civil rights commemoration, noted that Mayor Bell issued an official proclamation asking Birmingham’s churches to join in the program at Kelly Ingram Park.
“I’ve spoken to a number of local pastors who are planning to bring their congregations for this special TBN broadcast,” said the Rev. Green. “This will be an historical opportunity for Birmingham’s Christian community to show the world the ongoing progress of civil rights in America from the unique perspective of God’s Kingdom.”
On Sunday, September 15, TBN will join the city of Birmingham in sponsoring a live program from Kelly Ingram Park officially commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing. Among the guests for this program, hosted by noted author and Christian speaker Arthur Blessitt, will be Major League Baseball great Darryl Strawberry, pastor and evangelist Rod Parsley, Birmingham Mayor William Bell, and Alabama U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell.
Mayor Bell expressed his appreciation for TBN’s partnership with Birmingham in broadcasting the historic 50th anniversary programs. “Just as the events of 1963 went around the world to let people know change was coming, because we could not let evil stand in Birmingham, Alabama,” he said, “now we will go around the world to let people know that this change is still moving forward, still touching lives.”
TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch said the national racial reconciliation that ultimately grew out of the tragic bombing has been an inspiration for TBN over its 40 year history. “Here at TBN we join the rest of the nation in thanking the city of Birmingham for its sacrifice for liberty,” he said. “We are humbly grateful for the opportunity to participate in this solemn observance.”
For TBN’s broadcast dates for these two programs, log on to www.tbn.org.