January 19, 2015

Let's celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor a great man that had a great message and marched to change the course of civil rights and American history. Over the weekend, my husband and I watched Selma starring David Oyelowo, who played Dr. King, Carmen Ejogo who played Mrs. King, and Oprah Winfrey who played Annie Lee Cooper, just to name a few. The movie was intense, passionate, deep, and showed what happened during the preparation of the Selma March and also showed the brutality of Bloody Sunday. Bloody Sunday happened on March 7, 1965, an estimated 525 to 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Highway 80. The march was led by John Lewis and the Reverend Hosea Williams, followed by Bob Mants and Albert Turner. The protest went according to plan until the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge and out of Selma, where they found a wall of state troopers and county posse waiting for them on the other side. When this scene was on the big screen, I cried. This movie made me feel as if I were there with them going through what they were going through. The intensity of this film is amazing. Being a hispanic woman, this hit some soft spots with me. Watch the movie, do some research and honor Dr. King. Not only today but every day!

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