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Screening of the film “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot.”
Dec 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The December installation of our Dismantling Racism event will consist of a screening of the film, “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot.” Following the 40 minute historical documentary, we will have a community discussion about the film, the history of voting rights, and about voting rights and responsibilities today. From the film website:
“Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot is the true story of the forgotten heroes in the fight for voting rights—the courageous students and teachers of Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. By organizing and marching bravely, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.
The sacrifices of those who fought so hard for equality should never be forgotten. In the 2012 presidential election, more than 90 million eligible voters did not go to the polls. In the 18–24 age group, only six out 10 voted. And, in 2014, voter turnout dropped to a 72-year low.
This 40-minute film, narrated by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, is a crucial reminder that each of us has the ability to bring about powerful social change and will help inspire young people and communities across the nation to exercise their right to participate in our democracy.”
The showing of the film is made possible through a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center. There are a large number of resources available online, but do not feel that you need to do a lot of advance research before coming to see the film if you do not have time.
FREE and open to the public. All are welcome.
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