Look How Far We 've Come : Dr. Martin Luther King

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Look how far we’ve come… Dr. Martin Luther King is most well known for his ‘I have a Dream speech’ well I too would one day like to live in the land of the free, free from persecution or discrimination due to race, gender, socioeconomic status or any other reasons. For my term paper I’ve chosen to reflect on two films “Dear White People” and “Selma” as well as ponder the state of race relations in the US currently in light of the protests and evident police brutality rampant across the nation.
Selma is a historical drama film based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. King, James Bevel, Hosea Williams and John Lewis. The film was written by Paul Webb and directed by Ava Duvernay. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it extremely difficult for African Americans just to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage for African Americans. Dr. King first visited Selma AL with other Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) members in January 1965, shortly after he returned from Oslo, Norway and received the Nobel Peace prize. Of the 30,000 people in Selma, slightly more than half were black, but disproportionally only 350 blacks were registered to vote. In the movie black people that had tried to register such as Annie Lee Cooper played by Oprah Winfrey had been prevented by the white registrar, slow…

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