BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEATURED VIDEO 2 (Feb 14): Short Film/Footage of Selma-Montgomery March From 1965
To tie in and provide some context for the Selma events mentioned in my article posts the last two weeks here is a short film from all the way back in 1965. It provides an intimate and direct look at the march from Selma to Montgomery with nothing but actual footage. The main audio is mostly just spirituals sung lovely from the time split up with the sound of a helicopter that hovered over the march creating a profound effect packed with masterfully understated meaning. Towards the end is an audio excerpt from one of King’s speeches.
The entire march is covered and features MLK and many other clergy members along with the countless other who trekked with them through countrysides, small poor Black neighborhoods, and, finally, Montgomery itself. This film was meant and still offers a great opportunity for real and true contemplation of this time in American history. If you have 17 minutes and 2 seconds to spare, you should spend them watching this film.