Henrietta Tripp sits in her home in Birmingham, Ala., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Tripp remembers hearing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the 16th Street Baptist Church in the spring of 1963, ... more 
Henrietta Tripp sits in her home in Birmingham, Ala., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Tripp remembers hearing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the 16th Street Baptist Church in the spring of 1963, several months before the blast that killed four your girls. "That was hallelujah time," she says. "And he was talking about Birmingham being one of the hardest cities to crack. It was the hardest city to crack." It would take another three years, but Tripp would do her part - becoming one of the first African-Americans hired by the police department once run by the notorious Theophilus Eugene "Bull" Connor. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Dave Martin
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 2:00 PM EDT