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A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxine McNair ...
Herself - Mother of Denise McNair
Chris McNair ...
Himself - Father of Denise McNair
Helen Pegues ...
Herself - Denise's Aunt
Queen Nunn ...
Herself - Neighbor of Denise McNair
Arthur Hanes Jr. ...
Himself - Defense Attorney for Bob Chambliss
Howell Raines ...
Himself - New York Times Editor
Harold McNair ...
Himself - Denise's Uncle
Carole C. Smitherman ...
Herself - Denise's Childhood Friend (as Carole C. Smitherman Esq.)
Wamo Reed Robertson ...
Herself - Carole's Aunt
Dianne Braddock ...
Herself - Carole's Sister
Carolyn Lee Brown ...
Herself - Carole's Childhood Friend
Alpha Robertson ...
Herself - Mother of Carole Robertson
Wyatt Tee Walker ...
Himself - Former Executive Director of SCLC
Fred Lee Shuttlesworth ...
Himself - Pres. of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
Florence Terrell ...
Herself - School Teacher
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This film recounts the people and events leading up to the one of the most despicable hate-crimes during the height of the civil-rights movement, the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In that attack, four little African-American girls lost their lives and a nation was simultaneously revolted, angered and galvanized to push the fight for equality and justice on. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The story of four young girls who paid the price for a nation's ignorance. See more »


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9 July 1997 (USA)  »

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$13,528 (USA) (11 July 1997)

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$130,146 (USA) (26 September 1997)
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One of the victims, Denise McNair, was a friend and classmate of future Secretary of State 'Condoleeza Rice'. See more »

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Wyatt Tee Walker: So we made the decision based on several things. Fred Shuttlesworth was fearless and courageous to the point of being almost insane; miraculously surviving a bombing of his home. Had taking his wife and two children trying to integrate a school with a mob of five or six hundred folks with chains and stuff like that; just an incredible human being in my view.
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A different perspective on the Civil Rights Movement
23 June 2003 | by (Marietta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

I watched this documentary yesterday afternoon. I remember learning about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing (its importance in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s) but I never saw how the effects on the people whose lives were permanently altered and not just from reaping the benefits like we do today. This documentary opened showed this viewpoint.

It brought tears to my eyes to listen and see the relatives of those four girls who were killed. Unless you have a blind eye, a deaf ear, and a hard-a** heart, it is impossible to not be moved when you see these girls' sisters and mothers describe that Sunday morning when Addie, Denise, Maxine, and Carole were killed. I could see the hurt in the mothers' eyes and hear pain in their voices when talking about their babies.

I highly recommend watching this documentary. Spike Lee did an outstanding job.


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