Sarah Collins Rudolph, ‘The 5th Little Girl’ at the 1960 16th St. Baptist Church bombing, answers 3 questions.

A survivor of the Ku Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., 60 years ago, continues to fight for restitution she says she deserves.  

In the blow, Sarah Collins Rudolph, 71, lost a sister and an eye. She still has glass shards in her body. She was in the restroom with four other females when the bomb went off.  

Rudolph, known as “The 5th Little Girl,” cannot understand why Alabama hasn't helped her after watching the families of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna   

Taylor in Louisville earn tens of millions of dollars. Rudolph has maintained that state elites, especially then-Gov. George Wallace, incited the 1963 bombing's racial violence. 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologized to Rudolph for “untold pain and suffering” in 2020 but refused to pay restitution without legislative action.  

No meaningful progress has been made in three years. However, historians believe reparation is important to remedy a tragic wrong, no matter how difficult. 

"Yet we could do everything from doctor care costs to something less concrete, but still consequential," Lentz-Smith said. “What opportunities did she miss because she lost her eye?” 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologized to Rudolph for “untold pain and suffering” in 2020 but refused to pay restitution without legislative action.  

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