I like history. This movie displayed a presentation of a major part of the civil rights movement, that was undertaken by Martin Luther King. Jr quite well;Which was the protest march from Selma, Alabama to the capital of Montgomery. It was part of an effort to get President Johnson to make it so they could vote anywhere. At the time, it was next to impossible for blacks to vote in the south. We get a look at the bombing of the church which killed four little girls and of a woman trying to register to vote, played by Oprah Winfrey who's character ends up doing a small but poignant part in the movie.
This movie shows Martin Luther King Jr. as a man who just wants to be a preacher and for black people to have equal rights. President Johnson is shown not as a bad man. He just has his focus on other matters and simply wishes the preacher would get off his case about the voting rights for blacks. These are honest and real portraits of two individuals at the center of the civil rights movement. A couple of other well-known people are featured too. Which are Malcolm X and the Alabama Governor at the time, the racist George C. Wallace. Wallace tries to put a stop to the march through violence and even had a talk with Johnson. Which make Johnson voice I do not want to be put in the same boat as you; more or less as my legacy as well as pushed him toward taking a step closer to make the vote happen for blacks. Malcolm X does the same thing by speaking in Alabama which I believe helped because Johnson preferred King over the militant blacks. Malcolm X was a militant black.
This movie shows me people that I find rather impressive. Oprah Winfrey's small role is one of the people I found impressive. The events up to when the big march actually happens; are shown to us, some of which features Martin Luther King, Jr speaking in church, discussing the whole march thing with his wife while dealing with Johnson's attempts to stop it and dealing with a couple of SNCC individuals. SNCC was a famous organization that tried to do what King did when it came to civil rights. Its stand for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Getting to what I found impressive about the role Oprah Winfrey played, there is one of those peaceful sit down in front of the County court house ,cops start to beat this young man who's trying to help his blind father. Her character intervenes and she is assaulted. A picture of that happening is seen in the paper by Johnson. The first attempt at the march to the capital has people beaten and chased by people on horses with ropes acting like cowboys. A comparison that is not meant to be seen as humorous. It is just seen that way; sadly. The whole thing is seen on TV by many people. With that occurring, the first time and what she went though already, she shows up at the second attempt; I really like that.
Another thing that occurs with the second attempt is a bunch of clergymen show up to join the second attempt at a march, them showing up, to me shows people who practice what they preach and believe it. They have to go to court in order to do it safety and with success a third time. Oprah Winfrey's character is one of those who testified. Obviously, it does happen. The march accomplishes the goal that Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to happen five months later. Johnson signed a bill of rights for Blacks with the preacher at his side. Dr King toward the end of the movie states more or less, he doesn't mind not seeing the fruits of his labor if others end up doing. His desire was granted by things happening to real-life people featured in the movie. One 84 year old man got to vote, one did become mayor of Atlanta twice, one later was a congressman and although a white female marcher was murdered five hours after the march, a large amount of black voting lead to that county sheriff who did the beatings at the first march attempt and sit down was never the sheriff again. If someone wonders about the historical accurateness about the movie; Then don't because this is historical accurately high quality movie.