Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Selma

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Selma

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SELMA

Directed by Ava DuVernay (Paramount Pictures, 2015)

What happens when a man stands up and says enough is enough? When that man is Martin Luther King Jr., a movement mobilizes. Thou sands rise with him. A nation changes forever. Selma depicts the heat of the civil rights movement, the 1965 fight for equal voting rights. King (David Oyelowo) and fellow African American activists are starving for justice. When progress on voting rights legislation is slow, the movement convenes in Selma, Alabama to peacefully--and relentlessly--demonstrate. Their strategy? March to Montgomery and captivate a nation. A bigoted white brigade assaults the marchers with tear gas, batons, and malicious slurs, yet King and his supporters march on, bleeding and exhausted.

A controversy has erupted over the film's portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnsons role in the civil rights struggle. Historians have decried the inaccurate portrait of LBJ as an at best reluctant supporter of voting rights. …

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