Monday, January 19, 2015

Glory: SELMA Sheds Light on The Resilience of A People



I am about one hour off of a screening of the greatness that is SELMA. My family and I viewed the film as a group, and that made for an even greater experience. We had all generations in attendance, and it was extremely powerful to watch the emotions and reactions of all involved.

What makes SELMA sheer greatness is the humanizing of the Civil Rights Movement, and those involved. It made for a far more interesting experience than the typical route of bestowing sainthood on Civil Rights leaders of the past. It was the same humanizing that personalized my experience of the movement and those involved.

I will admit that I was on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. I was filled with sorrow, rage, sadness, laughter, and pride just to name a few. I have seen a million and one films portraying the black experience, and I will stand with my feet planted in my own truth when telling you that SELMA delivered like no other. I could watch this movie again, and again, and again. I have every intention of doing just that!

I could go on for hours, but I will not hold you up, as I want you to get out and see SELMA. I extend my deepest sense of gratitude and appreciation to all those who came before me. It is a blessing to know that I come from a bloodline of people who have resilience deeply rooted in their DNA. It is bittersweet to know that this resilience comes from knowing that your ancestors endured far greater struggle than you.

Kudos to all those involved in the production and delivery of the film! I will just get it out there and say that the film was beyond snubbed for the Oscars. I find solace in knowing that those involved with the project will be celebrated abundantly in the years to come, and that will prove far greater than any Oscar ever couldJ


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