BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Two longtime suspects surrendered today to face charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls and helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

Thomas E. Blanton Jr. surrendered about 7:30 a.m., said Blanton's attorney, David Luker. Shortly before noon, Bobby Frank Cherry also arrived to be booked.

The sheriff's office listed the charge against Blanton as murder, but there was no immediate word on the specific charge against Cherry. Both are former members of the Ku Klux Klan.