New edition of Sikora's Until Justice Rolls Down
- STORY OF BIRMINGHAM CHURCH BOMBING NOW AVAILABLE IN REVISED EDITION
First Time in Paperback
TUSCALOOSA, AL-The general outline is, by now, well-known. In
September 1963, a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
It killed four young girls. At the time, no one was convicted of the
crime-or even tried.
Nearly fifteen years passed before the first guilty verdicts
were handed down. The story of the crime, the investigation-including
Alabama Attorney General Willam Baxley's battles with J. Edgar Hoover to
get access to the FBI's files-and the trials was told in riveting
fashion by Frank Sikora.
In 1991, The University of Alabama Press first published Until
Justice Rolls Down. At the time, the New York Times praised it as "a
lyrically moving description of the victims' last hours" and
complimented the book as a "story about intrepid prosecutors in pursuit
Throughout his career, Frank Sikora's life and work have been
intertwined with Alabama's unsettling racial history. His first
newspaper job was putting together the "black news" section of the
Gadsden Times. During the first trials of the Ku Klux Klan members
accused of planting the bomb, he wrote for the Birmingham News.
Shortly before he retired, Sikora also covered a new round of
trials, undertaken with federal help. The story of these investigations
and the additional convictions in 2001 and 2002 make up the bulk of this
revised and expanded edition of Until Justice Rolls Down.
The new edition, just released by The University of Alabama
Press, also includes a more detailed account of the death of
thirteen-year-old Virgil Ware, the fifth African American child killed
that fateful Sunday. "Sikora captures the hatred of the Klan, the hope
of the civil rights movement, the pain of the tragic bombing, and the
courtroom drama that ultimately caused 'justice to roll down like
water,'" says Morris Dees, of the Southern Poverty Law Center. "[This
book] is a fascinating read."
Until Justice Rolls Down is a Fire Ant Book, an imprint of The
University of Alabama Press. These "books with bite" feature compelling
stories aimed at a broad audience. Concentrating on southern culture and
history, and including both original volumes and reprint editions, they
represent some of the finest work published by university presses today.
Until Justice Rolls Down: The Birmingham Church Bombing Case by Frank
Revised and Expanded Edition * New in Paperback
Copyright date: 1991 * Paperback publication date: October 23, 2005
192 pages * 51/2 x 81/2 *ISBN 0-8173-5268-6 * $20.00
To order, contact the Chicago Distribution Center * 773-702-7000 *