Monday, January 18, 2016

Movie Review: ****^Selma (2014)

This is a terrific film about the right to vote.  Many southern states would have criteria, which was stricter for blacks than others, and used these to deny the right to vote to their citizens of color.  Selma was a calling out of this practice.  I remember how disturbed I was when I watched this film.  It left me feeling uneasy for some time.  I found it interested how the first march was called off at the last minute, as it was suspected it would have ended in a blood bath.  After what is known as Black Sunday, where local rioters injured many protesters, and even killed a few, Washington was heavily influenced.  President Lyndon Johnson subsequently was firmly on their side as well, and vowed to assure voting rights.  The march went forth and the protestors made their point.  In 1965 the Voting Rights Act was passed.
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King
Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King,
Tom Wilkinson as President Johnson

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