When I think of the movie Selma, one word comes to mind "powerful." Honestly that's just one of many adjectives to describe the thought-provoking, inspirational, vivid, emotional roller coaster,and inspiring story of what our ancestors went through in America in the 1960s.
The early screening at Studio Movie Grille in Dallas brought out Senator Royce West, Councilman Dwaine Carraway, County Commissioner John Wiley Price and hundreds of others to see the film before it hit theaters January 9th.
The movie does not tell you the entire story of the civil rights movement, nor is it and autobiography of Martin Luther King JRs life. But instead focuses on a very important part of the civil rights movement, voting equality for Blacks.
The way that the movie is done, you felt like you were there. The director took her time really telling the story, scene by scene, moment by moment you really got a better understanding of what people were going through during that time.
If you're someone that hates to see movies that talk about those rough times, you can watch this movie, have your cry moments like I did, but then still feel empowered, and moved, and motivated when you walk out of the theater.The actors do a wonderful job portraying their characters, and surprisingly the movie has scenes that mirror what we see today with the Ferguson protest.
I really liked how the characters demonstrated the bravery it took to walk from Selma to Montgomery on a 54 mile hike, facing a dangerous mob of people.
It also shows that there were more people involved in the movement, that it wasn't just Martin Luther King Jr. but Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Hosea Williams and so many others.
This is definitely a movie that everyone should see, for Blacks & Whites it is an opportunity to create dialogue and look at how far we've come as a race.
For people who migrated to the US, this movie shows a part of history that is often forgotten. It also shows how brave African Americans were in securing rights for all people. Please see this movie because it's an opportunity for you to see what blacks had to go through to create the society that we all live in today.
When I turn on the TV and I see reality shows that portray African American women as yelling, fighting, irritated fussy, angry women, I think that there's going to be a time when we find better ways to Portray ourselves, and a role model forour future stars.
Television plays an important role in how people view us, this movie reminds me that we come from a strong group of survivors and I hope that as more people watch this movie they will be inspired to do better and to represent those who lost their lives for us to be able to dream big, work, and live equally. So that those who suffered and died will be proud, and know it all wasn't in vain.
Selma movie is in theaters now , check out the photos from the early screening hosted by I messenger and allied media. PHOTOS BY DGDAFOTOGRAPHER