Another irony connected to the church to which the mother sends her daughter in the effort to keep the child safe is the fact that this particular church, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church of Birmingham, is not just an ordinary church. It is a large structure (it is still there) which often served as an organizational headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement and a site of mass meetings as well as a rallying point for protests. In fact, Martin Luther King himself visited and spoke at this church, along with other major leaders such as Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, pastor of the Bethel Church in Birmingham. Thus, it was because of the church's significance as a site of African-American discontent and protest that it was bombed.
If the mother were aware of this site's active involvement with marches and protests there in Birmingham, Alabama, a hotbed during this era, she might have reconsidered her decision to send her girl to that church, and, instead have her walk to another one where she probably would have been safer, although her walking any distance would involve risk, too.