Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-02-01


The documentary film, 4 Little Girls, will be shown Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Christenberry Planetarium as part of Black History Month activities at Samford University.  The public is invited free of charge.

Birmingham city councilwoman Carole Smitherman will attend and discuss her role in the 1997 documentary. She was a childhood friend of one of the four girls who died in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church.

Directed by Spike Lee, 4 Little Girls was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary.

The event is sponsored by the Samford chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.   The planetarium is located in Samford’s Propst Hall.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.