Saturday, January 10, 2015
Racial issues in the US are an ugly piece of the fabric of American history. We needed laws to make us treat each other, regardless of race, like human beings. In the film Selma we relive the march from Selma to Montgomery, AL to protest unjust voter registration harassment toward African-Americans in 1965. We see the relationship, negotiations and politics between LBJ and Martin Luthor King, Jr. We see King working non-violent protest strategies with SCLC and SNCC in Selma, which was strained as well. The violence in the first attempt is appalling and disturbing. It took three tries but they made it to Montgomery...to demand rights they already legally had. This is a deeply moving film and as important today as it was in 1964. Powerful film.