How it is Boycott, not Four Little Girls, that gives more insight into the Twenty First Century

The most important aspect of a films conclusion is how it presents general themes, as well as connecting directly to the present day. What an audience will remember most is what the film producers left them thinking, whether it be good, bad, or motivational. This is why I found the conclusion to the film Boycott more powerful than that of Spike Lee’s Four Little Girls. The film Boycott concludes with Martin Luther King Jr. separating himself from the group, although not in a malicious way, as the rest of the supporters in his group pack into a bus. Although there are many ways this conclusion can be interpreted, it is evident that the film producer is trying to present the audience with multiple important messages to leave with.

The first theme is unity. This is evident from grouping all the members of the community into one space, forced to work together in a confined location. The creators are showing the audience that success in political movements can only be achieved when all parts of the group are working together on a common goal. Additionally, by isolating Martin Luther King Jr., this also shows the audience the importance of leadership. Without proper planning and organization, political movements will turn into random, uncontrolled, and sometimes violent events that will not produce change. Lastly, the conclusion also shows the audience just how valuable each person’s opinion is. Whether you are the quietest or least educated individual, people will listen and your voice has power. This conclusion connects directly to the present day evident by the political movements such as BLM that are happening across the globe. These themes can help assist and motivate our nation to push and achieve for political change that is desperately needed.

This image represents the conclusion of the film “Boycott”, where the main theme of unity and teamwork is presented.

4 thoughts on “How it is Boycott, not Four Little Girls, that gives more insight into the Twenty First Century

  1. I really liked how you talked about the importance of both unity and leadership. Both were very important to the success of the Birmingham bus boycott and I agree that the movie Boycott did a really nice job showing that. I liked that you connected it to today’s movement as well, showing how the film continues to be relevant.

  2. I agree that the film leaves viewers thinking about themes of unity and leadership which can easily be connected to themes of the current BLM movement. However, the theme of how valuable each individual is to the movement doesn’t come through in the film as much to me because the only individuals featured in the film were the famous leaders of the movement. This is what doesn’t sit right with me in terms of the ending of Boycott.

  3. I agree. Boycott is more representative of the kind of action that has been taking place for years. Whereas Four Little Girls demonstrates an act of extreme violence rather than a larger theme of activism.

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