Spoken Word Artist and Musician Amy Leon’s ‘Burning in Birmingham’ Video Reimagines 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing

Spoken word artist and musician Amy Leon is prepping her debut album, Something Melancholy, dropping soon, but in the meantime, she released the powerful visual for “Burning in Birmingham.”

It’s a re-imagining of the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing that killed four little black girls named Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair, a turning point in the civil rights movement. The video stars Dominique Fishback, Zuri Ford, Anise S. Hines, Amy León, and Kirsten Gianna Webb.

“Burning in Birmingham’ is a song of protest and reckoning, looking at the cyclical nature of racism in America. This piece was written for an event where I was asked to perform alongside a conversation with Sabryna Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, discussing police brutality in America and the rise of necessary action,” León tells Afropunk.

Watch the poignant visual below: