In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, middle and upper school students attended a screening of the 2014 film Selma on Thursday afternoon in Fishburn Auditorium. The movie is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. Before the film, Dr. Joseph Keaton of Central Baptist Church shared his experiences from the Civil Rights Movement with the students. A short clip of his remarks are included at the end of the post.
After the screening, some students were asked to write a short reflection. A portion of the reflections are included below.
Yasmin Tejani 17’—“I felt Selma was a very accurate representation of the Civil Rights Movement, it showed realistically the struggles African Americans faced. It also showed how Dr. King was able to overcome the struggles without the use of violence, and that to me is extremely inspiring.”
Shaida Campbell ’17—“Selma helped me understand how harshly African Americans were treated during the civil rights movement.”
Shamani Jackson ’17—“I think the movie Selma was very powerful. It demonstrated African Americans perseverance in a time of discrimination and violence, which is very inspiring.”