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They were found together. Two were so close their limbs touched. Sunday dresses tattered. Bodies shattered. Lives taken by killers for whom they didn't matter. They did and they do. Never forget Denise, Carole, Cynthia, Addie Mae. Our Four Little Girls. Lost 56 years ago today.

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Planted beneath those stairs were 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device. It was a terror attack by KKK white supremacists.
 
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Four little girls! Never, Ever, Forget! My heart still aches for them, their devastated families and the soul of our nation! pic.twitter.com/ibhivTzWto
 
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I acknowledge my privilege and ignorance that I didn't immediately recognize these names. For others who might not, you need to remember and so do I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_Stre…
 
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Anybody who hasn’t watched #SpikeLees #FourLittleGirls should watch today🙏🏽. I promise it will touch you in ways you never imagined😔. #RestInParadise #Angels Denise Carole Cynthia & Addie Mae.
 
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OURS! The pain, the hurt, the memories, the love, the resiliency. The fortitude, the courage, the hope. THEIRS: The hate, the shame, the guilt, the thievery of innocent lives, the murder, the jealousy, the envy, the cowardice, the fear of inadequacy, the ignorance of humanity.
 
 
 
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Ever since I discovered social media, I’ve discovered so many horrible stories that blacks endure and not always come to light when the opposite is always on the news. Thank you, Ava, and all of you, for relaying these facts.
 
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Watching that scene in “Selma” meant the beginning and the end of the movie had me in tears. ❤️ They deserved better, and we owe them more.
 
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Jim Crow was domestic terror and Biden needs to apologize for expressing fond memories of working on bills with segregationists in Congress.
 
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Sunday dressed tattered and bodies shattered 😢 We will never forget @ava and continue to shed the light 🙏🏾
 
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Ava’s recreation of this moment in Selma is probably one of the most jarring scenes I’ve ever seen.

As soon as you see the girls, your stomach drops, you try bracing yourself.

And Ava still places the explosion in such an off rhythm moment, it terrifies you still.
 
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WOW.. It still saddens me 😪 after all these years.. May God's precious babies 4ever rest & abide w/him. 😇🌹🙏😇🌹🙏😇🌹🙏😇🌹🙏 R.I.P. 📖 4LGs pic.twitter.com/JdE32M8kCp
 
1. I’ve been meaning to do a thread on this, after my trip to Birmingham, Alabama last month. Sounds like today is the right day to do it.
 
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My GOD........why all of this over the color of our skin....LORD PLEASE REMOVE THE HATE
 
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I was about 8 when I watched Sins of the Father, my spirit was so crushed and I was so upset. I rushed around my house trying to figure out what I could do to make things right for those little girls, my mom had to sit me down and explain that what happened couldn’t be changed.
 
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I’m Canadian, not an excuse for ignorance, but I had no idea who these girls were. I had to google. What an astonishingly important legacy they own.
 
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We will never forget them🙏🏾❤🙏🏾
 
 
We matter. We have always mattered. Black pain. Black suffering. Black death. Black lives matter. . . to us. But we have never seemed to matter to America. I am committed to creating a world where the importance of my life is affirmed without my need for declaration.
 
The fact that I’ve never even heard of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing until this tweet is so messed up.. I can’t believe this was NEVER brought up in school
 
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Reading this tweet about Denise, Carole, Cynthia, and Addie Mae has me thinking of my daughter when she was younger on Sundays in her best dress and my heart is breaking. Thank you Ava for using your platform to ensure they are never forgotten. They always matter ❤️🙏🏾
 
 
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My mother worked with Alpha Robertson for many years and they lived just a few blocks from us. I was in my 20s before I realized she was the mother of one of the four. She never discussed it or “dined out” on it or presented herself as a martyr.
 
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Let's also include in the narrative that pn that same day in Birmingham, 13 yr old Virgil Ware was killed by a white teen and 16 yr old Johnny Robinson was killed by a white cop. Six souls lost in one city that day, all for the same reason: THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN
 
this scene struck me right in the heart.
 
Students,
Continue to learn about our lesson on Wednesday and the tragedy of the loss of these four little girls 💔
 
56 years. So. Recent.
 
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I still remember the startled gasp i made when you showed their murder in "SELMA", i was so taken a back i had to catch myself. The innocence lost & that scene i don't think i'll ever forget. Thank you for literally shocking a apathetic audience out of their complacency with art.
 
Their memories are a blessing to all of us 👇🏾
 
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🙏 May they rest in peace. Just sharing this video for anyone that hasn't heard the account of the 5th girl that was there that day because I hadn't until a couple years ago. voicesofthecivilrightsmovement.com/Video-Collecti…
 
Denise, Carole, Cynthia, Addie Mae 🙏
 
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And Sarah Collins, the fifth victim and courageous survivor
 
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I'm celebrating my 35th birthday today and the memories of these beautiful girls is something I hope to honor in my work one day.
 
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My friend and fraternity brother was in that church in Birmingham, Alabama that very day. His Sunday School class was downstairs. The explosion, upstairs.
 
Let us also not forget that there was a 5th girl - who survived. Addie Mae’s little sister. She lives with the mental, emotional and physical scars left by this white terrorist attack.
 
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Never forget the four young victims 56 years ago. They were murdered by white supremacists in a church Birmingham Baptist church. pic.twitter.com/fK2rZVPO8l
 
 
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I recognize this from Selma. 🙏🏿
 
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Black children have never been safe in this country. Nothing has changed .
 
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The people of Wales U.K. donated a new stain glass window to the church dedicated to the memory of these 4 brutally murdered girls.... still no one held responsible shocking.. x pic.twitter.com/zWcqUBZcUj
 
 
This is so recent. Condoleezza Rice, who grew up with a father (John Rice) who was a pastor in a church only a few miles away, remembers hearing and feeling the blast. She lost her friend, Denise McNair.The past isn't past.
 
4 Little Girls documentary on HBO is a great doc to watch for those who need/want more insight on the everyday lives of the girls and their families
 
 
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The day the Devil came to church. Unbelievable hate, cruelty, evil. 😭
 
 
 
 
 
Y’all ever read “The Watson’s go to Birmingham”? It’s about this story more or less
 
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The opening scene of “Selma” is stunning and heartbreaking.
 
 
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This scene, in your film, was the undoing of me.
 
If you don’t recognize these names
Take 30 seconds to educate yourself -> en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_Stre…
 
And let us not forget Sarah Rudolph. The sister of Addie Mae. Sarah survives this and pegged as the 5th little girl. Sarah has been an activist since. She’s also searching for her sister’s body. Please keep her in your prayers on a difficult day.
 
 
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I was a little girl, one state over and a different color. I havent forgotten them.
 
Awww never forget. Such a tragedy 56 years ago today in Birmingham with the 16th street baptist church bombing 😢❤️
 
just as much an American tragedy as 9-11, perhaps worse because it came from the inside #neverForget and we've failed to turn the spotlight on white supremacy and instead normalized it until someone like Trump weaponized it
 
Where's the story behind this? I need to read it
 
Ava, since April of THIS YEAR, at least 12 girls & boys have lost their lives to "gun violence" in St. Louis. I'm curious as to why you don't have this same energy and concern for them.🤨 pic.twitter.com/h7XMU0WNQ0
 
 
I recently learned there was a 5th girl who survived the attack. Her name is Sarah Collins Rudolph and she was Addie Mae’s younger sister.
 
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Sad that we seem to have made little progress since 56 yeas ago😢
 
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. Never forget Denise, Carole, Cynthia, Addie Mae. Our Four Little Girls. Lost 56 years ago today.
 
Ever since I was a kid and was tild of this incident it has struck my heart with many emotions such as anger and sadness. I will never forget these 4 girls as long as I live as it's apart of MY history and that if my people. May you Rest in Power
 
 
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We will never forget their lives! Continue to rest with God sweet Angels and we will continue to fight for your memory and all of our justice and equality!🙏🏽🙏🏽❤❤☝🏽🤲🏾
 
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I recommend everyone takes the City of Orientation walk at least once in their lives. It is eye opening and heartbreaking.
 
 
Shout out to Tamara Albury a black woman, my 6th grade teacher making sure we knew their story. Woke me up at young age learning this. I will never forget our 4 sisters.
 
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Alabama Senator Doug Jones' book "Bending Towards Justice" is a must read on this terrible event. npr.org/2019/03/01/699…
 
 
 
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That image you're words. So heartbreaking all because of the color of their skin.
 
 
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Even after all these years of hearing about it and thinking about it, your description of it just pierced my soul, Ava...🙏❤️❤️🙏
 
 
There was a fifth little girl who survived the bombing at the church, her name is Sarah Collins Rudolph. Listen to her story, in her words of what happened the day her sister Addie Mae and friends were killed.
voicesofthecivilrightsmovement.com/Video-Collecti…
 
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Amazing HBO documentary.
 
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They look so happy in their little white gloves, ribbons, and pristine dresses. Innocent & unaware that evil was seconds away from snatching their lives. May God bless their souls and those of children being abused within the USA and around the world due to their skin color.
 
My heart hurts. Visited 16th St. Baptist this spring and burst into tears even before I go in the door. I wish everyone could make this pilgrimage and acknowledge the loss and pain and damage to our national fabric
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Still sends chills man
 
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~▪Supposedly.... Safe Haven.......Sunday School My Generation, My Lil' Sisters pic.twitter.com/rlR2gV9cJo
 
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Spike’s doc on these angels is iconic. I wonder if another talented director could give us a feature film on this? 👀
 
#NeverForget Thank you for the light you brought to these girls life and death. .@ava
 
 
Oh, my LORD, this hurts my soul to hear it expressed the way Ava DuVernay expresses it here...
 
 
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This scene is the reason I've never rewatched the movie. Similar to Fruitvale, I can't go back there. The moment I realized what I was watching in the theater, panic took over my body, I wanted it to stop. I'm gonna do some breathing cause I feel my body becoming tense writing
 
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You captured their innocence and essence so beautifully in Selma. RIP angels.
 
I had the chance to meet Carolyn Maull McKinstry and listen to her speak about surviving the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church and it is truly a heartbreaking and yet empowering story.
 
I remember reading the scene about them in ‘The Watson’s go to Birmingham’.
 
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