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Occupy San Miguel Shows Civil Rights Drama Selma


By Cliff DuRand

On February 19, Occupy SMA will show Ava DuVernay’s historical drama Selma.

The New York Times said of the film, “Even if you think you know what’s coming, Selma hums with suspense and surprise. Packed with incident and overflowing with fascinating characters, it is a triumph of efficient, emphatic cinematic storytelling.”

The principal figures of the history and drama of the civil rights movement are all there: Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) cajoling President Johnson to push legislation to protect voting rights, Johnson confronting Alabama governor George Wallace (Tim Roth), King being challenged by young black civil rights activist John Lewis (now a Georgia congressman), and Coretta Scott King wrestling with the turmoil of a marriage to a public figure and committed activist.

Selma depicts the nonviolent struggles of the civil rights movement and the violent response of white racists that forced the nation’s political leaders to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and, after Selma, the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did legally desegregate the South, discrimination stayed rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for black people to register to vote. In 1965, Selma, Alabama became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Bryan Stevenson believes that “the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” Join our discussion on Monday. Our events are free.


Meeting and Film

Occupy San Miguel presents:

Ava DuVernay’s Selma

Mon, Feb 19, 1pm

TV room, Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15





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