By Dawj Sangster-Over the years I have seen many tears from my parents and grandparents, stemming from stories of past painful experiences to include racism, the great depression, picking cotton and fighting for what they believed in so strongly; to name a few. As of late, we have seen many passionate causes spark a fire from people near and far to raise their voices in pushing towards change. From inequality in pay to racism, police brutality and sexual assault, people want to see equality and change in society. They are raising their voices, uniting and marching in unity to bring about change.
I recently watched the movie “Selma”. The movie is a powerful account of the movement of Martin Luther King Jr. to unite and bring about racial change in 1965. It was about the historical Selma march to Montgomery and focused on the Voting Rights Acts of 1965, which was eventually signed by then President Johnson. I wasn’t there when all of this happened. I actually wasn’t born, but I remember hearing and reading stories about the movement from relatives and people documenting history. However, I have never put a real face to that movement and the importance of it until watching Selma. I laughed, I cried, I prayed and I forgave, but was still in utter shock at the historical account of what happened during that time. The British actor David Oyelowo could not have been created for a more perfect part. He was amazing and truly brought the story to life. Through Oyelowo, Annie Lee Cooper (played by Oprah Winfrey), Coretta (played by Carmen Ojogo) and the other talent in the film, this movie put a very real and painful face on an important part of African American history. This movie is a must see!
I am thankful to Ava DuVernay for her talents in bringing it all together in the way she did as the Director. I am also thankful to the many that sacrificed back then for many of the freedoms my children and I enjoy today. Thank You! Take your children, parents, family members and friends to see Selma. I loved the movie and plan to see it again.