“4 Little Girls” is a 1997 Spike Lee documentary about the 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Alabama’s 16th Street Baptist Church which resulted in the deaths of four little girls. The device had been planted by four men who were members of a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. But while this particular event was unfortunate, the documentary shows that it was one in a series of domestic terrorist attacks aimed at intimidating Birmingham’s Black community into remaining second-class citizens.
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If you’re interested in learning about the co-organizer of the Mississippi Freedom Summer voter registration campaign and co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), then my Bob Moses Black History Short is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about the first Black woman to serve as a federal judge then my Constance Baker Motley Black History Short is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about one of the oldest and most significant civil rights organizations then my National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Black History Short is for you.
“Negroes and the Gun” by Nicholas Johnson grabbed my attention from the beginning. While the book includes stats, figures, and general events much of the history of armed Black self-defense is told through the experiences of historical figures. In some instances, I’d heard about these events but the author takes special care in describing the mood and providing details. This allows you to imagine yourself witnessing these events in your mind’s eye. What could have been a boring topic springs to life because it’s told through these riveting stories and personal accounts.