A Congressional delegation visited Birmingham Friday to remember those who were killed and injured in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell invited fellow members from the Congressional Black Caucus to be a part of this program.
Several members, including Georgia Congressman John Lewis, shared what they remembered about the day of the bombing and how it impacted their lives.
Then the families of the four girls who were killed were given replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal that was posthumously awarded this week to Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
Sarah Collins Rudolph, the lone survivor of the bombing, was also on hand Friday.
Congressman Spencer Bachus addressed the families, sharing how he struggled with understanding how someone could come to a church and plant a bomb. But he says he ultimately relized it was a battle of good and evil that day.
"Again I say to the families, the sacrifice, the blood these little girls shed, little lambs of God, was not in vain. It was a terrible, bitter, hateful, heartbreaking act. But God took those ashes and those broken bodies and used them for the betterment of our country. And our people," Bachus said.
The Congressional Gold Medal was also shown to those gathered Friday. It will be kept at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Here are the remaining events for Empowerment Week:
Friday, Sept. 13:
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Panel on Civil Rights/National Impact, composed of U.S. Congressional Representatives lead by Rep. Terri Sewell at 16th Street Baptist Church
1 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/International Impact by Dr. Condoleezza Rice at 16th Street Baptist Church and simulcast from Regions Bank
3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/Human Right Impact at 16th Street Baptist Church
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. U.S. Conference of Mayors Uptown Cityfest at Uptown Entertainment District
Saturday, Sept. 14:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Street Diversity Fair at the BJCC and 9th Avenue
Noon A discussion with Bill Cosby at the BJCC
8 p.m. BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights with Jamie Foxx, Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson at the BJCC
Sunday, Sept. 15:
Noon Premiere of 4 Little Girls documentary hosted by Spike Lee at the Alabama Theatre
3 p.m. Commemorative program for the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing at the church
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Birmingham Originals' Taste of Birmingham Food Festival on First Avenue South
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Power Hour with Rod Parsley and Pastor Greg Matthews at Kelly Ingram Park
6:30 p.m. American Idols Concert with Taylor Hicks and guests at Railroad Park
8 p.m. Alabama Symphony, Red Mountain Theatre Company and other in concert at Railroad Park
9 p.m. Closing ceremony with fireworks show at Railroad Park
For more information on the 50 Years Forward effort, please visit http://www.50yearsforward.com/events/.
To learn more about the worship events Sunday at 16th Street Baptist Church, please visit http://www.16thstreetbaptist.org/.
Several streets will also be closed during these events:
6th Avenue North between 15th Street North and 17th Street North
15th Street North between 5th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North
16th Street North between 4th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North
17th Street North between 5th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North
These streets will re-open at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.
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