When examining the films, Boycott (Clark Johnson) and Four Little Girls (Spike Lee), their impact on and illustration of the past and ongoing battles with equality is prominent. While the endings of both of the films, Boycott and Four Little Girls, were both impactful in their own ways, I personally feel that the ending of Boycott was more impactful towards the future of the movement (even the ongoing movement).
With the ending of Boycott, we are, in a way, reminded that the battle for racial equality was not so long ago; that the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t something that happened a very long time ago. Through this, we are also reminded that the battle for equality is still ongoing and is very real. With MLK being separated from the bus, there are many impactful meanings that could be taken away from this scene. Additionally, through these take-aways, we are given this ending to continue and further the ongoing fight for equality.
Image Shows a Scene from the Real-Life Bus Boycott
While on the other hand, there is the ending of Four Little Girls, where I feel as though the ending of this film was just a tad too upbeat/happy. This ending is satisfying to the viewers, it leaves a good feeling through the conclusion. The problem with this is that, while it has a feel good ending, with this, the viewer doesn’t have the immediate thought/reminder that these issues are still ongoing (even if it’s not to the extent or as obvious as it once was).