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“Selma” Film Screening
February 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In honor of Black History Month, the Elms College Office of Diversity and Inclusion will hold a free screening of the movie “Selma” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in the Alumnae Library Theater.
The Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning 2014 film, directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb, is based on the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches: In 1965, James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis set out from Selma, Ala., marching toward the state capital of Montgomery. They were leading more than 600 peaceful protesters; their goal was to demonstrate the need for voting rights in Alabama. But as the protesters started across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, state troopers halted them with an attack so brutal it became known as Bloody Sunday. Worldwide media coverage, including broadcasts and published photographs of the attack, led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.