Group gathers for church bombing anniversary


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It has been 50 years since a church in Alabama was bombed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. For the last seven years, Syracuse University and the Cold Case Justice Initiative have spent their time searching for justice in similar civil rights era murders.


The groups gathered with students on Sunday night to remember the victims of the bombing. They also watched Spike Lee's documentary called "Four Little Girls" and listened to Judge Helen Shores Lee.


The Cold Case Justice Initiative actively investigates murders from that time period. They have even sent law students to the south to look into several cold cases.


Members of the group are determined to find answers.


"What is our history, what is our picture of what happened in the civil rights period? Is it just that 120 people died, that is what the Justice Department has on their list, or was it much more? And what is our obligation to portray the accurate history and to continue the struggle for justice that is still possible," asked Professor Janis McDonald.

"There's never been a full accounting, and what happened today was commemorating what we do know, but there is so much that we don't, so that is what we are working on to answer the unanswered questions and to move forward from there," said Callie Moncus, a law student.


The group is also in the process of trying to get a special federal prosecutor to help coordinate their effort.

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