Remembering Birmingham Fifty Years Later

The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama with a special puppet presentation, Sanctuary: The Sixteenth St Church Bombing in September.

The first performance, Friday, September 13 at the Beck Cultural Center on Dandridge Avenue in Knoxville will begin at 6:30; the puppet drama will be followed by a screening of Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls,” a documentary of the bombing.

The second performance will be Sunday, September 15 at Church of the Savior (UCC) at 934 N Weisgarber Road in Knoxville; no screening of the movie is planned for the second performance.

Both events are free and open to all.


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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