Civil Rights Movement history
In the coming weeks, Selma will roll into more than 27,000 classrooms around the country, free of charge.
But it’s not the Oscar-nominated, Oprah Winfrey-backed film.
This version, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which produced the film, showcases the true stars of the civil rights movement in Alabama: the students.
“Their story is often forgotten,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen, who served as executive producer on the film, during a phone interview.
While the Hollywood film focuses primarily on Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot shines a light on the students and teachers who worked for equal rights every day, in the face of constant opposition.
The 40-minute documentary uses grainy historic footage and first-hand interviews conducted over the last several years with students involved in the fight to describe the events leading up to and following Bloody…
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