DIX HILLS - Nearly 50 years after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., one survivor, Carrie Alexander, spoke about how the event still affects her and how it changed the fight for civil rights.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, Alexander, then 18, was on the first floor of the church when the blast went off. The bomb was placed underneath a stairwell by a Ku Klux Klansmen. The explosion killed 11-year-old Denise McNair, and 14-year-olds Cynthia Wesley, Carol Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins.

Alexander says that when she sings at her church in Dix Hills, she has flashbacks of the tragic event.

“It's just like total destruction,” says Alexander. “Sounded like end of the world.”

She says that the death of four innocent girls is what made the difference in bringing success in the civil rights movement.

For an extended interview with Alexander, go to Channel 612 and select News 12 Extra.