“Selma” is Raw, Real and Relevant

Just when a world of segregation, brutal attacks on peaceful gatherings and the denial of basic American rights seemed far way, “Selma” hit theaters to remind everyone how far we’ve come.

A powerful depiction of the life and the struggle of the black American in the ’60s, this is no doubt an emotional and insightful punch-you-in-the-gut film.

The year is 1965. The fear that came from daily oppression and systematic forced inferiority sat heavily on the shoulders of the African American population. Most were unable to fight back, and thus were stuck with the mistreatment they faced on a day-to-day basis, allowing their oppressors to restrict them from practicing every right granted to them in the Constitution.

Others refused to sit and wait for time to heal their wounds – taking matters into their own hands.

Among these few was one of the most influential men. He had a dream. He was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although King is mostly known for his march on Washington, the march that took place two years later had an immeasurable impact on thousands in the deep south, as portrayed in this picture.

The movie documents the events leading up to the march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the denial of African Americans’ ability to vote in the south. Along the way, “Selma” portrays the life of Dr. King beautifully, exposing the problems he had to face with himself, the threats toward his family and the struggles of the march.

“Selma” resurrects the oftentimes forgotten story of this march in 1965 and allows viewers to get a taste of the harsh past that many overlook now.

With little support from President Lyndon B. Johnson and Alabama Governor George Wallace, the march to Montgomery proved difficult for King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and numerous volunteers.

While trying to fight off the stern fist of Jim Crow as well as encourage many who have followed him before, the film highlights the struggles King had to face with his mortality and optimism, allowing viewers a better perspective of how courageous and passionate King was. Fighting through his setbacks and causing hell for President Johnson, King succeeded, making it the 50 miles to Montgomery.

Selma has received two Oscar nominations, Best Picture and Best Original Song, not to mention it has grossed about $39.2 million in box office sales. The power of this film was so strong that thousands of students around the country were able to view it for free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year.

The selflessness of Dr. King was depicted phenomenally by British actor David Oyelowo, and the film’s power was carried out by a talented cast, including Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey.

If you haven’t already, make time to grab a friend and go see this film. You won’t be sorry.