The readers spoke and Oprah listened! When Oprah made the comments about the marches of today lacking leadership you all suggested that she march and lead. Seems those pleas did not fall on deaf ears as Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Common and actor David Ovelowo hit the streets of Selma, AL and walked that bridge. It brought a certain sentiment to my heart to click on the internet this morning and see Time Magazine report the following:
“Winfrey, a producer of Selma who also had a part in the film, joined in marching along with director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed King in the movie, and the rapper Common, who also had an acting role. They and others marched from Selma City Hall to the city’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights protesters were beaten and tear-gassed by officers in 1965.
“Every single person who was on that bridge is a hero,” Winfrey told the marchers before they walked up the bridge as the sun went down over the Alabama River. Common and John Legend performed their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from the film as marchers crested the top of the bridge amid the setting sun.
Winfrey said the marchers remember “Martin Luther King as an idea, Selma as an idea and what can happen with strategy, with discipline and with love.” Winfrey played the civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper in the movie, which was nominated for two Oscars, in categories of best picture and best original song.
Selma chronicled the campaign leading up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and the subsequent passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.”
The movie Selma was a great depiction of exactly how things were in 1965. I sat in the theater with tears of sadness reflecting on how young Dr King was and how he was such a martyr for his beliefs in the rights for African Americans in regards to freedom, voting, liberty and justice for all. It was very disturbing to reflect on the Civil Rights leaders and the beatings they went through for Blacks to have equal rights and now that we have so many rights in comes reality t.v. For us to come so far as a people, sometimes it’s sickening to turn on the television and see black women fighting each other over issues so petty, disgracing any dignity to our race by “showing the world on national t.v.” what some of us are really about. Black men disrespecting our beautiful black queens by calling them out of their names and it gets worse when the women do the exact same to each other. Painting an image to the world that would make Dr Martin Luther King and fellow civil rights leaders roll over in their graves. Some of us just don’t see it. How heartwarming to hear comments from those who are still alive to teach their children and grandchildren a better way and give them this history lesson in person.
McLinda Gilchrist, 63, said the movie should help a younger generation understand what life was like for those in the 1960s who sought to oppose discrimination. “They treated us worse than animals,” Gilchrist said of the treatment of the original marchers at the hands of white officers.
“It was terrifying,” recalled Lynda Blackmon Lowery, who still lives in Selma and was the youngest person to march there in 1965 as a teenager. Now a 64-year–old mother and grandmother, she spoke Sunday in New York of a harrowing experience of unarmed marchers going up against rifles, billy clubs and fierce dogs. She has since written a memoir, “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom.” – Time Magazine reports