John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner performing ‘Alabama’.
Coltrane wrote the song after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by the klu klux klan that killed Addie Mae Collins who was 14, Cynthia Wesley who was 14, Carole Robertson who was 14 and Denise McNair who was 11. The attack happened today (September 15th), 1963.
2 Black boys were also murdered by whites on that day in Birmingham. Their names are Virgil Ware who was 13 and Justin Robinson who was 16. Remember them as well.