Selma the Movie, and what it can teach us today


I have seen the "Selma" movie twice already, and plan to see it again this week. I keep learning something new every time I see it! The movie is about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

One of the key points I took away from the movie and want to bring to your attention is that it's more than a movie. We are living it every day. These struggles are not done and over. The events in Ferguson and elsewhere are just the latest flashpoint in an ongoing fight for people of color to live full and vibrant lives in this country. When you see the movie write back and tell me which scene affected you the most. For me it was the execution of Jimmie Lee Jackson.

Here's some interesting reading about the @SelmaMovie and the civil rights movement then, and some relevant issues today.

More about the movie.

Who disagrees with 'Selma's' portrayal of LBJ? Blacks in the civil rights era.

Why 'Selma' is the most relevant movie of the past year.

'Selma' and Real-World Voter Intimidation.

Evidence That the Jim Crow Era Endures for Older Black Voters in the South.

Race and Voting Rights in Ferguson.

In 2014, racial tension over policing reached a breaking point.

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