Now more than ever we must stand together, promote love and unity in our community and set an example for small towns across the nation. We have the opportunity to use our voice for the greater good and empower all minorities, cultures and colors to stand up for justice for all. Americans are capable of great courage and kindness.
Some of the most powerful films exemplify how we can honor and celebrate diversity as well as educate us on the history of America. Below is a list of thought provoking and powerful films you can watch and learn from.
“Selma” (2014) is a chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and his pursuit for equal voting rights, centered on the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The film, starring David Oyelow as the late Dr. King, follows the true story of the famous activist embarking on a dangerous three-month campaign to secure equal voting rights for African Americans, culminating in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Feel free to watch the film anytime you’re in need of some major inspiration.
It’s time to pull out your tissue box, folks. “Loving” (2016) is based on the real-life love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple that got married in the 1960s. At the time, it was illegal for them to wed in their home state of Virginia due to miscegenation laws, and they traveled to DC to tie the knot after Mildred realized she was pregnant. Soon after, the Lovings were arrested, put on trial and banned from the state of Virginia for their apparently illegal union. They refused to give up their fight to live in the state though, and their perseverance and love eventually led them all the way to the Supreme Court, whose unanimous decision led to the end of the country’s last remaining segregation laws.
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