I had the honor of attending a screening of the new film, Selma, last night. David Oyelowo is mesmerizing as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Director Ava DuVernay’s powerful and passionately crafted film .
Brilliantly acted, never pious, the humanizing of Martin Luther King without detracting from his timeless greatness make Selma a must see, especially for those who did not live this recent history. That said, Selma is not a biopic of the late Dr. King, rather a look at a pivotal three month span of time in 1964. The chilling blatant racism of the white power structure of the time is forcefully transcended by the raw courage of the everyday people that put their lives on the line in the only way toward meaningful change–non violence– remaining a lesson for our times and generations to come.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant, most notably in certain areas of the south, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, their efforts culminating in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Do not miss this.