Let me first say that writing this movie review for SELMA is more than an honor in this day and time. I think sometimes we forget just how many freedoms we do have and things that we may not have been able to do, not so long ago.
SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson, played by Tom Wilkinson, signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
— The Root (@TheRoot) December 12, 2014
I don’t think SELMA could have come out at a more poignant and necessary time for us, I think as many of us watched what took place in Ferguson it resonated heavily with the struggles of our parents and Grandparents. As I watched SELMA I couldn’t help but shed tears; tears of amazement at their willingness to stand for a cause, tears of pain seeing difficult it was to gain simple essential civil rights, and tears of familiarity… because, although we have come so far, we haven’t quite come far enough.
— The Root (@TheRoot) December 4, 2014
Director Ava DuVernayâ€™s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., played by David Oyelowo, and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. I think SELMA is a great watch for everyone, in fact I would even go so far to say that I think EVERYONE should go see it. I believe in order to come together, we need to understand and respect each other and each other’s point of view… SELMA might be a good way to shed light on why people of color feel the way they do about so many issues we still face today.
— Ruha Benjamin (@ruha9) August 14, 2014
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Your Life After 25 gives SELMA 9/10
As we check out the SELMA movie, I want us all to remember that although ALL Lives Matter… it’s okay to acknowledge and be okay with black pride and the chanting of Black Lives Matter. As I said before, humanity has come a long way but there is still much further to go.