Selma: A Salute to Black Women Everywhere

13 Jan

This Sunday’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show featured clips of an interview between the brilliant host and Golden Globe nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay – the director behind the poignant, powerful film Selma. I was in heaven watching these talented, intelligent, beautiful black women dialogue on screen.  It was my own, personal Woman Crush Sunday from the seat of my sofa.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Selma, I urge you to support it. The movie will shock, stir, and challenge your soul.

As the film’s director, DuVernay sought to not only “capture the spirit of a movement” but to humanize our revered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is often represented without blemish. DuVernay has also mentioned that it was her mission to anchor the women of the movement as key figures of the Selma uprising (which they were).  In Selma, DuVernay highlighted the critical contributions of Diane Nash, Annie Lee Cooper, Amelia Boynton, Richie Jean Jackson, and Coretta Scott King. According to DuVernay, when she first received the script, “the women were not there at all.” It doesn’t surprise me. Unfortunately, there’s a long-standing history of ignoring the contributions of women to the civil rights movement.

Here’s the complete interview. I had to snatch it from YouTube instead of the MHP site (code issues).


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