“You see the pain of division and hatred, but you also see the resilience of people.”
“There’s rhetoric that’s out in the campaign and in the political ether today that I find shocking and troubling. But when you come to a place like 16th Street Baptist Church, you see the pain of division and hatred, but you also see the resilience of people … .”
“The odds that this church—when it was founded by a few families [in 1873] who had just come out of slavery and had just come out of the tumult of the South—the odds that this church would be here in 2016 were very, very low. You think about the fact that the map of the world has changed and countries that existed don’t exist anymore. And languages that were spoken don’t get spoken anymore. We travel differently and communicate differently and so much has changed, but this church is still here.”
Tim Kaine recently visited the historic 16th Baptist Church, where the Ku Klux Klan tragically killed four young girls and injured 22 others in September 1963. The landmark still stands more than 140 years since it was founded, and 53 years since hatred tried to tear it apart.