Chris McNair was the father of Carole Denise McNair, one of the children killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. He took a picture of his daughter that was included in Look, which Merton saved and wrote a poem about called "Picture of a Black Child with a White Doll." He captioned the photo, "Carole Denise McNair, one of the four bomb-murdered Negro children, never learned to hate." (Source: The Road to Joy, p. 332.)
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See also one published letter from Merton to McNair in The Road to Joy, pp. 332-333.
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||TAL[c] from Merton
||This is not exactly an easy letter to write. There is so much to say, and there are no words
|| [Merton sends his poem "Picture of a Black Child with a White Doll"]