Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Students, faculty and community members commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church at Syracuse University.
Judge Helen Shores Lee of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Jefferson County, Alabama was the guest speaker.
After a special screening of Spike Lee's documentary "Four Little Girls", she spoke about her experiences of the racial injustices her family experienced during that time.
The Shores family was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan and just one week after the Birmingham Bombing, a bomb exploded on the street near their home.
Judge Lee's father, Arthur Shores, was a local African American civil rights attorney in Birmingham.
His clients included Martin Luther King; Autherine Lucy, the first African American to seek admission to the University of Alabama; and Vivian Malone and James Hood, whose entry to the University of Alabama was blocked by Gov. George Wallace.
Judge Lee told Central New Yorkers about her father's unfailing pursuit of equality and spoke about the progress in Birmingham and what progress remains to be accomplished for full equality.