"4 Little Girls" - 1997 Oscar-nominated documentary by Spike Lee


Location: Center for History, 808 W. Washington Street

Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center in collaboration with the Center for History Present:  "4 Little Girls" the 1997 Oscar-nominated documentary by Spike Lee. 

NR:  Some scenes may be inappropriate for small children.

September 15, 1963.  It could have been a regular day in the life of Americans everywhere.  Instead it became a day that would change their lives without mercy.  Spike Lee takes an in-depth look at one of America's most terrible crimes, and the impact it had on the civil rights movement. 4_little_girls

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 takes 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.

A panel discussion featuring Dianne Robertson Braddock, sister of Carole Robertson who was killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, will follow the film viewing.  Monica Tetzlaff, associate professor of history at Indiana University South Bend and

member of the Civil Rights Heritage Center's advisory board, will follow. 

Admission is free.

This program is part of Echoes From Birmingham:  50 Years Later;

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Alabama church bombing that galvanized efforts to pass the landmark Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. 

Event underwriters include Bethel College, the City of South Bend, Indiana University South Bend, NIPSCO, Sodexo, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, the South Bend Tribune, and the University of Notre Dame.

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