Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery.
- David Oyelowo did an excellent job with his portrayal of Martin Luther King jr .
- Emotional story that will leave you with something to think about .
Martin Luther King Jr: Who murdered Jimmie Lee Jackson? Every white lawman who abuses the law to terrorize. Every white politician who feeds on prejudice and hatred. Every white preacher who preaches the bible and stays silent before his white congregation. Who murdered Jimmie Lee Jackson? Every Negro man and woman who stands by without joining this fight as their brothers and sisters are brutalized, humiliated, and ripped from this Earth.
President Lyndon B. Johnson: There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.
Martin Luther King Jr: We must March! We Must Stand up!
Selma is a very touching and inspirational movie that everyone needs to watch. Martin Luther King jr and the others in the civil rights movement worked so hard to gain rights for black people such as the right to vote , which many take for granted today .
It is inspirational to note that even after being beaten , thrown in jail , killed , they never resorted to violence . They kept there protests peaceful , and kept mounting pressure on the President till he gave them what they desired . If they had become violent things would have only gotten worse .
As emotionally and racially charged as the film’s story is, director Ava DuVernay , managed to deliver a full-bodied, balanced drama that derives its power from the central fight for understanding and respect. she is the first black female director to have a film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Selma won an Academy Award for best original song , for the song Glory by Common and John Legend
5 out of 5