What Happened in Selma? | Alan Singer

January 15, 2015 6:22 PM

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This is not a movie review, although I do discuss the movie Selma. It is also not just a discussion of history. When I ask, "What happened in Selma?," I am really asking what has happened since the events portrayed in the movie and what happened to the struggle for civil rights and social justice in the United States that seemed so promising in 1965. As a teacher and teacher educator, I hope other teachers find this useful as they plan Martin Luther King Day lessons.

The movie Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. was nominated for Academy Awards including best picture and best original song. The movie's focus is on a very narrow historical timeframe, basically January to March 1965, the final stages of the struggl...

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