I didn’t realize our date night would bring about mixed emotions and about half way through the film, I leaned forward in my chair and put my hands over my mouth in utter disbelief. My husband began to rub my back as he could tell I was not only moved by what was happening (in tears actually) but I also felt a connection to the men and women that were depicted in this movie. The movie Selma was a chronicle of Martin Luther King‘s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. While we know that the Voting rights act changed the course of history, this movie reminds us of the men and women on the front lines who worked diligently to bring about this change.
Selma, brought a sense of vulnerability to all characters and displayed a level of passion that our generation will probably never experience. However, the dynamic passion for changing the face and course of a nation was carefully portrayed by David Oyelowo (Martin Luther King, Jr) , Carmen Ejogo (Corretta Scott King), Tim Roth (George Wallace) and Tom Wilkinson (President Lydon B. Johnson)
I wont ruin the film for you if you haven’t seen it yet. Trust me, there are so many moving parts that it is hard to narrow down the best. But as a mother to an infant girl, and wife to an amazing husband I have to talk about one of the most moving moments to me.
In the scene where Amelia Boynton (Lorraine Toussaint) was speaking to Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo) just before she meets with Malcolm X she paints a portrait of the Strength of the Black woman. Amelia reminds her of the strength of her ancestors that traveled through the middle passage, survived the belly of the slaves ships, slavery and Jim crow. She tells her about the depth of her soul so that she doesn’t forget who she is. This strength will give her the power to say and accomplish whatever she desired. This strength will help her be the woman who stands beside a man who is imperfect, but has a great calling on his life to change the world. This strength will initially help her build her own voice to achieve greatness.
Listening to this short scene reminded me of my duty as a mother and a wife to always strive to be the best woman I can be, and to also set the example for my daughter so that she understands and knows the cloth from where she is cut. Sometimes we are ourselves need a little jolt to push us to where we need to be as well. While I realize this was a “Hollywood” theatrical production it doesn’t change the fact that millions of lives were changed because of hope and the frontline fight of that generation.
I appreciate the production teams, directors and cast for all of their work to bring this movie to the Big screen. At a time where America is still healing from prejudices and injustices this movie gives us hope that the struggle and the fight is never in vain!
We Shall overcome!
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