Hundreds of people black and white filled an Alabama church that was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years ago to mark the anniversary of a blast that killed four little girls.
The Rev. Arthur Price taught the same Sunday school lesson that students heard the morning of the bombing: "A Love That Forgives."
Congregation members and visitors sang the old hymn "Love Lifted Me" and joined hands in prayer at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church.
Later Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder and others are scheduled to attend a commemoration.
A dynamite bomb went off outside the church Sept. 15, 1963, killing four girls and critically injuring a fifth. The Klansmen were convicted in the bombing years later, and one remains imprisoned.
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