While the World Watched is a first hand account of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.
The bombing that took place that day was just one in a series of events, that plagued our nation during the Civil Rights movement that swept across our country during the 1950’s, 60′ and 70’s.
Carolyn Maull McKinstry was there that day. Moments before the bomb blast, she had been in the bathroom that was reduced to a pile of rubble. Sadly, four of her friends, Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), Addie Mae Collins (14), and Cynthia Wesley (14), were not as fortunate.
While the World Watched is much more than just the account of what happened that day. It’s a much bigger story that needs to be told. For some, it is a remembrance of how frightening and uncertain this era was for so many people, for others it’s an awakening to the depravity of man and the need for forgiveness and repentance.
I admire Mrs. McKinstry for being candid, open and honest in telling her story as well as what it was like to grow up in the Jim Crow South. From peacefully protesting and having her hair ripped out by fire hoses to battling depression and alcoholism, this book is an eye opener for those of us who have never experienced the pain of prejudice.
Whether you’re interested in history, the Civil Rights movement, or stories of redemption, this book has it all. I am grateful for Mrs. McKinstry stand for truth and equality as well as sharing her story with us all.
I received this book free from Tyndale House in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been persuaded to give a positive review.