In class today we watched the movie Selma. Selma is a 2014 American historical drama film. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rings marches, led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis.
The Selma to Montgomery marches were three protest marches along the 54-mile highway. The marches were organized by nonviolent activists to demonstrate the desire of African-Americans to get the right to vote. As protesters were marching they were confronted with deadly violence from local authorities and white cops. As the world watched, the protesters finally achieved their goal, walking around the clock for three days to reach Montgomery. The historic march, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s participation in it, raised awareness of the difficulties faced by black voters, and the need for a national Voting Rights Act.
They highlighted the racial injustice and contributed to passage the Voting Rights Act, a great federal achievement in the Civil Rights Movement. The impact of the march was huge. Along with the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act was one of the most expansive ones of civil rights legislation in American history. It reduced the disparity between black and white voters in the U.S. and allowed more African Americans to participate in politics and government.