selma-movie-poster The film Selma is the story of a period of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Civil Rights movement. Specifically the famous march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge through Selma to the Alabama state capital. This march and all the other events that happened in this film were to make a point that the restrictions put on blacks to gain access to vote were racist and unlawful. Through out the film you really got a look inside the life of MLK throughout the years of his movement. Whether it was being physically harmed/restricted or his wife being harassed he and his family went through a lot. Another thing you got a closer look at in the government officials behavior in this time period. George Wallace and Lyndon B. Johnson were the two that were the prominent representatives of this side of the Civil Right movement. George Wallace was undoubtedly racists, but tried has hardest to keep an open-minded look. LBJ, on the other hand, is one who was portrayed as being very stubborn when it came to the voting right law and the movement as a whole. This, to some viewer of the film, was not the truth and he did not have as big of a problem with it as portrayed in the film. The biggest thing you got a up close look at was the treatment of blacks in society.  They were beaten and arrested for the smallest things. And even though there were laws in place that had given blacks the right to do the things that the were fighting for in this film the government officials were not being enforced. This allowing the racists that lived in these towns to take over, and treat people so unjustly. Coming from this was the leadership and guidance of MLK. The reason people followed him because the felt that he had the answers to get the justice the they all deserved. And he did. This film sums up the impact that MLK had and the reasons he has a legacy today all in one scenario of his total movement.


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