A Few Things to do Before You Take the Kiddos to See the Movie Selma
Are you and your family going to see the movie Selma this weekend (that is if you haven’t already)? My sister says it’s good. A stamp of approval I can depend on. Even if she hadn’t already seen Selma I knew it was definitely on our to-see list. The kiddos are so lucky. I grew up on the many low-budget, soap opera-like, television movies featuring the lives of people like Martin Luther King and Jesse Owns. The kiddos, on the other hand, have had the privilege of getting to see HD movies, in the theater, with A+ acting, accurately depicting the lives of Jackie Robinson (42), the Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails) and Nelson Mandela (Long Walk to Freedom). To them it’s normal. Humph. Not even. At any rate I am enjoying this new movie normal. Hopefully it’s here to stay! And you know it, before we partake of this oh so great movie we plan to take advantage of a little background reading and research on this historic event.
What was the march all about?Here’s a great opportunity to discuss why grandma or granddaddy is so adamant about voting. Have your tween/teen take this Louisiana literacy test. After they take it, do they think they would have been granted the right to vote?
So how long was the march…really?Have your teen take a look at this map. Discuss how long it would be from your house to….______.
View actual footage from the Selma March
And talk about how they feel when they look through actual photos.
The little ones will have to skip Selma. But that doesn’t mean they can’t read about the fight for civil rights. Start a conversation about civil rights with this book, Child of the Civil Rights Movement Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!