How one of America's jazz greats took on one of the greatests outrages in the American Civil Rights Movement.
On a bright Sunday morning in Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb exploded under the rear steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Four young girls who were in the basement changing into their choir robes for the youth service that morning, were killed. Another 20 people or so were wounded. The explosion left a crater five feet wide and two feet deep in the basement. The bomb was placed there by four members of the Ku Klux Klan. It was September 15, 1963.
Two months later saxophonist John Coltrane stepped into a studio to record a song that he had written in tribune to the girls who were killed. It was called simply “Alabama.” A few