4 Little Girls

4 Little Girls

DVD - 2000
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"September 15, 1963 - when a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern."--Container.
Publisher: New York : HBO Home Video, [2000]
ISBN: 9780783118154
0783118155
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Four little girls

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bitsysmom
Dec 28, 2015

The bombing of the Birmingham church, which killed the four little black girls, is just one of many acts of violence, murder and lynchings committed by the Klu Klux Klan on the black people of the southern United States. This is a refresher for people who lived in those times. This is a MUST SEE for younger people. Emmitt Till (a teenager) was hanged for talking to a white woman. There was also the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi (Mississippi Burning). There are so many stories . Listen to Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." It's all about the lynchings. The KKK did exactly what they wanted to , beatings and murder. They were supported by the southern white people, local and state police and politicians. Hopefully, people will learn.

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darcerama
Nov 22, 2015

It has been more than 50 years since the devastating murder by bombing of these four blossoming girls.
When the film was in production in the mid-nineties there was a resurgence of church bombings then and there is one NOW in the mid-teens.
When will this kind of violence and hatred stop being relevant?
This is the hardest and saddest side of American history--but don't look away!

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amethyst9
Aug 01, 2012

This is a good documentary, but since future generations may not know about the church bombing, I would have liked it to focus more on the events of that day. The interviews with family and friends who knew the four girls makes history very real.

Interviews with some of those who were politically powerful at the time, gives both sides a voice. (too bad Wallace's male nurse wasn't interviewed after Wallace called him his dear friend)

Some of the civil rights leaders say that the event was pivotal in putting the civil rights movement in the national spotlight, but I think it was 'the last straw' in an escalating series of atrocities.

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tlarchibald
May 17, 2012

Great film! Loss is permanent.

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Nov 08, 2017

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