Seeing the movie, Selma, stirred my soul! It made me weep. It received an ongoing standing ovation from a theater packed with both blacks and whites in Nashville!
Selma strikingly portrays a major turning point in the Civil Rights Movement during a three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. courageously led a campaign, in the face of violent opposition, in Selma, Alabama, seeking equal voting rights for all. Against all odds, Dr. King successfully led a march from Selma to Montgomery, resulting in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon Johnson. Director Ava DuVernays beautifully portrays the stirring story of how King (David Oyelowo) and other people inspired by their faith, both blacks and whites, united in the movement and prompted change that overthrew much of America’s overt and legal racism.
“One dream can change the world!” Selma makes it clear that King’s dream, calling, and courage came from God. The film is full of Gospel Music, Bible verses, and praying in public. At one point, when King is struggling with obedience to his calling, he phones famous Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, and asks her to sing a spiritual song to him. Through out the film, King is shown preaching. Many scenes are set in church services.
King’s dream deeply touches my heart’s desire to see racial injustice and hurt completely healed in America. As Ferguson, Missouri has shown us, we’ve still got a mountain top to climb! Here are ten blog posts I’ve written about racial justice in America: My Top Ten Blog Posts For Black History Month. And here are 12 blog posts on slavery: 12 Years A Slave — 12 Blogs On Slavery.