WTVM Editorials 12/24/14: 'Selma' movie

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The movie

The Interview

that caused Sony Pictures to be hacked by cyber-terrorists may be grabbing all the headlines these days.

But the movie I want to see is


, the movie that memorializes the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL and led to the 1965 landmark Voting Rights Act.


the movie, which was shot in Georgia, is said to be an authentic account of Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership of civil disobedience in the face of racism and deadly police brutality.


was actually not just one march - but three marches, during which the protesters bravely stood up for their civil rights as Americans against the segregationists who were determined to fight them, especially when it came to the right to vote.

It's amazing to realize those events, which included a lynching, happened just 49 years ago.

Although millions of Americans watched the violence against the marchers on television, generations have since been born.

That have no memory of those hard fought battles that ultimately cost King his life.

Even after the 1965 voting rights act was passed into law, Alabama only allowed voter registration two days a week in an effort to appease segregationists.

Selma the movie promises to be a window into that world, showing both the progress that was made and how more progress is still needed.


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