Selma Revisited

We had a large and diverse group in last night to see the film, Selma. Most viewers had been too young to remember any of the events in the movie, so much of it came as news.

Perhaps predictably, the Christian element of Dr. King’s message was played down; I’m not sure the name of Jesus was even mentioned. On the other hand, the entirely black constituency of King’s early movement was accurately portrayed–especially worth showing since so many white liberals of the 60’s generation have made implicit claims to being essential to the movement from the beginning.

One final thought: while race relations are much better today, there of course remains much to do. With that need in mind, we should appreciate the role of the federal government in giving King the protection he needed. Sometimes, the only authority that works comes from the top. —J. Douglas Ousley

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