SELMA was a surprising look into the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nobel Laureate. From the opening scene you felt the anxiety of being a negro in the South in the 1960s. Not only were adults targets, even four innocent little girls. This story shared a perspective of Dr. King’s life beyond the organized non-violence protest. SELMA opened our minds into the thoughts of a young black man in the 1960s that longed for opportunities for an underrepresented group of Americans. The right to vote, that the majority of Americans take for granted today, was at the fore font of a clash of wills that changed America forever. There was an epidemic in America where long standing cultures of bigotry ruled. You will feel the frustrations that protesters of Selma, Alabama found themselves with living in an environment where their lives did not matter.
SELMA highlighted a unique perspective compared to past stories of his life. In order to make a significant change in America, Dr. King, his colleagues and supporters literally had to risk brutal bodily damage, immoral humiliation and even their lives. Enduring those hardships did not directly make change as it focused on drawing the world’s attention to the segregated South that had yet to align with the Civil Rights of all Americans.
This must see movie is historic. It draws you to wonder… What would you be willing to drive for? What cause that helps humanity would you stop your life for in order to support? Who is the Rev. Dr. Martin Lutter King of 2015? What would Dr. King do today to change legislation to make sure #BlackLivesMatter today?