On this most important day, I encourage all of you to find motivation in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar nominated film Selma. I want each of you to feel the passion and conviction Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had for his cause, which is so elegantly displayed on film. DuVernay is able to capture the campaign for equal voting with smart dialogue, strong emotions and beautiful cinematography. Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, Selma has been hailed by President Obama, who recently hosted a screening of the film at the White House, and by former President Bill Clinton at the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner. Selma has elicited cheers for its portrayal as well as outcries for the Oscar snubs of it’s two African American stars David Oyelowo (Dr. King) and Carmen Ejogo (Scott King). Let’s take a deeper look at this much talked about film and get a little Monday Motivation from this true tale to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
Selma details the three month crusade led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure equal voting rights for African Americans. During this time civics and literacy tests were enforced on African Americans to deny them the right to vote. Dr. King rallied his brothers and sisters to create change culminating in a dangerous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama where President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Let’s follow in the footsteps of the great Dr. King on his special day and start to create change on our own! With courage of conviction and bravery I know each of us has the passion to make our own dreams a reality. Nothing is stopping you today!