Lessons from 'Selma' | Andrea L. Zopp

February 2, 2015 8:44 PM

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Lessons from 'Selma' | Andrea L. Zopp

Selma is an outstanding film that vividly portrays the frightening experiences and personal sacrifices made by civil rights activists in their quest to defend voting rights for Blacks in the South. The film reminds us that the movement was complicated and, at times, very ugly. Black and white people were beaten and killed to defend the right to vote. After seeing Selma, it is even harder for me to conceive how voting rights could be successfully limited in some states and how there are Black people who still refuse to vote.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While this anniversary is something to be proud of, recent events make it very sobering. In last week's State of the Union address, President Obama told Congress, "We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can ...

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