Carolyn was present on September 15, 1963 at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, when KKK members placed dynamite under the basement stairs in the Church. Carolyn’s four young friends were killed. She was among thousands of students hosed by firemen during the 1963 marches. She survived a second bomb explosion that destroyed a portion of her home in 1964. Carolyn believes that God spared her life on September 15th, 1963, so that she could continue to live in service to others.
Carolyn McKinstry served for ten years as President of the Board of Directors of the Sixteenth Street Foundation, Inc. whose mission was the ongoing maintenance of the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church facility.
Carolyn is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Her passion is Community service. In addition to numerous other volunteer activities and organizations, she has served as the sole female Chair of the Board of Trustees for Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, past President of the Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County, and past Vice President and Director of Programs for The Academy of Fine Arts, Inc. and other organizations too numerous to name.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Goldsboro-Raleigh District Assembly, 211 West Hooks River Road, Goldsboro, NC. Tickets are currently on sale in the Community Affairs Office, Historic City Hall, 214 N. Center Street, Goldsboro, NC for $15. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00 a.m.