Are you looking for something to do with your children this Martin Luther King Jr. Day? If they are old enough, I would recommend taking them to see a movie: Selma.
My husband and I saw Selma last week, and it has stayed with me. We have come a long way toward racial reconciliation, but recent events have reminded us how far we have yet to go.
It’s been fifty years since the events of Selma, and perhaps we have forgotten what it cost Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead our country toward equal rights. We may have put him on a pedestal, thinking about him on this holiday, without remembering just how overwhelming and evil was his opposition. We don’t always take time to thoughtfully remember what he did.
Selma will remind you.
The Boston Globe reviewer, Ty Burr, said that the aim of the movie is “to breathe life back into the statue this man has become.”
Selma will remind you
that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Christian who knew that racism was wrong.
He was a flawed and sinful human being
who made the decision to non-violently change the law.
He was smart, morally determined, and yet he had doubts. Who wouldn’t?
He was a man who took a hard and dangerous road and dared to challenge racism.
I remember him today.