Film & Performance: 4 Little Girls: Moving Portraits of the American Civil Rights Movement

Film still from 4 Little Girls: Moving Portraits of the American Civil Rights Movement. Courtesy of the artist.

Join us for a special program, including film and live performance with 36 African dancers and drummers, in collaboration with the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA), co-presented with the Hampton United Methodist Church, and held in honor of Black History Month.

4 Little Girls: Moving Portraits of the American Civil Rights Movement is an experimental narrative film that infuses historical authenticity, contemporary dance movements (tap, modern dance, hip hop, and ballet) choreographed to spoken word and 60’s protest songs to recant the horrific story of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, the four young black girls who were violently murdered by the Ku Klux Klan when a bomb exploded in the basement of the Black 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963.

The story unfolds through the imaginative interpretations of present-day performing arts students whose teacher challenges them to go back in time and recreate the moments leading up to what Martin Luther King Jr. described as, “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.”

Duration: 45 minutes, followed by a conversation with Kerri Edge.

Kerri Edge is an artivist who uses dance and film as vehicles to shed light on issues of social injustice and commemorate the achievements of African American people. She is Artistic Director of the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA), which has dedicated itself to bringing the art and discipline of African American dance to young aspiring artists, the community, and international audiences. 

The film is supported by Queens Council on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs through awards made by Council Members Adrienne Adams (28th District), I. Daneek Miller (27th District), and Donovan Richards (31st District)
Film & Performance: 4 Little Girls: Moving Portraits of the American Civil Rights Movement
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 2:00pm
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$12 | Free for Members, Children, Students, and Hampton UMC Members
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