February Free Movie & Discussion: Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

We are pleased to show this film that is part of the Teaching Tolerance program.

What: Free movie and discussion: Selma: Bridge to the Ballot
When: Monday, February 22nd, 7-9pm
Where: Sherrill Hall, (St. Paul’s Church side rear entrance), 39 E. Central Street, Natick, MA (see map below)

Price of Admission:  FREE!
What Else: All are welcome.  Light refreshments served.  Ample parking.

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Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot is the true story of the forgotten heroes in the fight for voting rights—the courageous students and teachers of Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. By organizing and marching bravely, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.

The sacrifices of those who fought so hard for equality should never be forgotten. In the 2012 presidential election, more than 90 million eligible voters did not go to the polls. In the 18–24 age group, only six out 10 voted. And, in 2014, voter turnout dropped to a 72-year low.

This …film, narrated by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, is a crucial reminder that each of us has the ability to bring about powerful social change and will help inspire young people and communities across the nation to exercise their right to participate in our democracy.[Source]

On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights activists left Selma, Alabama, on foot, marching for dignity and equality.

Eighteen days, 54 miles, one police attack, 1,900 National Guard troops, 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and countless stories later, they arrived in Montgomery 25,000 strong — and changed history.

This film tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. Standing in their way: a century of Jim Crow, a resistant and segregationist state, and a federal government slow to fully embrace equality. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest and even murder, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.

The Selma-to-Montgomery legacy includes the sacrifices of young people whose history is seldom told.[Source]


Further Reading:

Brennan Center for Justice  Lots of links
50 Years Later, Voting Rights Act Under Unprecedented Assault
New voter ID laws: Nothing like it ‘since Reconstruction’


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