Not Your Typical Spike Lee Joint

4 Little Girls has become the definitive story of a key moment in the civil rights movement.

Spike Lee (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images); Screenshot of '4 Little Girls' Cover

By the end of the film, we have a fuller picture of what was lost that September day while civil rights pioneers fought for fair and equal treatment. Comedian Bill Cosby gives a description of what might have been: “Four lovely children today could have been Spelman graduates, Harvard graduates, could have been doing things in their community, could have been wonderful doctors, lawyers or just plain hard-working people, but human beings.”

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