The Honey Hope Brown Foundation hosted a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act Saturday night. The event honored civil rights activist Texas State Representative Sefronia Thompson and civil rights icon Sarah Collins Rudolph, the sole survivor of the little girls who were the victims of the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.
José Griñan of Fox 26, who was the master of ceremonies, welcomed the crowd and explained how the bombing was a catalyst that culminated in the signing of the act by President Lyndon Johnson. Listen (15:17)
”It was that day that brought the attention of the nation to what was happening in the south,” Griñan said.
Griñan called on Minister Dennis Campbell for the invocation, violinist Tyler Dennis to play the National Anthem and the Imani School Choir for a special performance.
The honorary chairs of the event were D’Artagnan Bebel, vice president and general manager for Fox 26 KRIV-TV and My 20 KTXH-TV; Jack Sweeney, chair of the Houston Chronicle; Dr. Charles Dupre, superintendent of the Fort Bend Independent School District; and attorney Benjamin Hall, III and his wife Saundra Hall. Listen (15:17)
The honorees were officially recognized by Shar-day Campbell and Tammie Campbell. Listen (3:51)
“You are a ray of hope, my sister,” Tammie Campbell said to Rudolph. “For personifying a ray of hope, as the sole survivor of the five little girls in the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.”
“I would like to thank Tammie Campbell for this beautiful plaque and everyone that are here today, I love you all,” Rudolph said. “Thank you so very much; and I really have enjoyed Texas.”
Representative Thompson presented a resolution from the Texas Legislature to Rudolph.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also attended the event in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The event was at the Power Center on South Post Oak Road, Houston.