Nightly News   |  May 24, 2013

Congressional Gold Medal awarded to girls killed five decades ago

The young girls, killed in 1963 when a church was bombed by white supremacists in Birmingham, Ala., have been honored posthumously. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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>>> today president obama signed a bill awarding the congressional gold medal to the four little girls killed in the bombing of a birmingham, alabama, church in 1963 . family members of addie may collins, denise mcnair, carol robertson and cynthia wesley looked on as the four were given the highest civilian honor this country can bestow. their deaths at the hands of white supremacists helped propel the civil rights movement .