CHARLOTTESVILLE — The streets and conflicts of the civil rights movement might seem like they’re a world away from the bucolic shops and walkways of Charlottesville’s pedestrian-friendly Downtown Mall. But filmmaker Spike Lee simply shook his head at how history so often seems to repeat itself, no matter when or where.

“Terrorism is terrorism,” Lee said Saturday afternoon just prior to screening his 1997 documentary, “4 Little Girls,” for a standing-room-only audience at the Paramount Theater.

In an engaging and often high-spirited conversation with University of Virginia Associate Professor of English Maurice Wallace that highlighted the four-day Virginia Film Festival, the legendary Brooklyn-raised filmmaker drew a straight, unerring line from the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. — the subject of his film — to the Aug. 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left one person dead and many others injured.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).

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