Black History Month: Selma

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Ava DuVernay 
Writer: Paul Webb  
Release: January 9, 2015
David Oyelowo
Carmen Ejogo
Oprah Winfrey 
Jim France
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. --IMDb
As an immigrant to this country and someone who grew up in Atlanta, I have learned a great deal about Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years I have come to realize that there are very specific aspects of the civil rights movement that we are taught in school. This movie, at the time that it was released, was one that was very different to me. I knew very little about the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama March so watching this movie open my eyes to a lot. It’s devastating it to me how revisionist history can be and how much there truly is for us to learn.

When this movie was released, I was in college. I was 2014 and I was in my second year of schooling. There is something about college that really forces every person to challenge what they’ve known before and really come to terms with what they’ve been taught. While I went to high school and college in South Carolina, the stark difference between what I was taught in high school and college was so fast. I’m not sure that I would have had the resources in high school if this movie had come out when I was still there to truly engage with all of the contents of the movie. There’s so much that happens in this movie that I had to research and look into. From certain organizations, events, and especially the people involved, there was so much for me to learn. And if anything, I have come to truly understand how little our education system in the United States talks about the people who have given their lives for the rights we have today. Even though I had known this for a while, Selma truly honed in to the fact that we do not give the women of the civil rights movement enough of a credit for the work they did.

Again, I’m not really sure what else I can say about this movie. I’m sure that to some of you might be reading this, I might be coming off of the ignorant American. And I’ll be very honest and admitting that I have been very ignorant in certain aspects of this time period. But there is so much to learn and I will continue to do the work to learn more. As an immigrant to this country, it’s vital that I understand how this country came to be which includes looking at the harrowing events as well.

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