September 15th marks the anniversary of a terrible tragedy in our history. On this day forty-nine years ago, during a service at the 16th Street Baptist Church titled, “The Love That Forgives,” members of the KKK set off explosives that killed four little girls: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.

In honor of their memory, we ask that you pledge to register 16 new voters on Sunday, September 16.

These beautiful, innocent martyrs became a catalyst in the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights in America. Their terrible murder marked a turning point in the battle for equality, and their memory still inspires us today.

This year, NAACP members carried pictures of the martyrs in marches to the state capitols in North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama--they even carried them to the United Nations to demonstrate the modern civil rights crisis--today’s unprecedented attacks on voting rights.

The NAACP is committed to defending the freedoms these girls never lived to see. Our most fundamental freedom- the right to vote- must be preserved.

On Sunday, September 16--just one week away--places of worship across the nation will be called upon to help register community members, and we need your help. Take the pledge now and register 16 people on the 16th to vote.

Please make sure your friends and neighbors are registered. Take the Pledge today.

Join us in the ongoing struggle, and be the beacon of light for your community.

The future is calling and, with your help, the NAACP will answer.


Shadowed beneath His almighty hand,


Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                                          NAACP National Board of Directors

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