4 Little Girls
Spike Lee, 1997-HBO, 102 min.
4 Little Girls recounts the Sunday, September 15, 1963, murder of four African-American girls, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Directed by renowned filmmaker Spike Lee and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, it premiered at the Guild 50th Street Theatre in New York City and was produced by 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Lee's production company, for HBO. The events inspired the 1964 song "Birmingham Sunday" and that song was used in the opening sequence of the film as sung by Joan Baez. In 2017, 4 Little Girls was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." University of Southern California Associate Professor Christine Acham will introduce the screening and discuss its significance afterwards.