Obama to visit Selma for 50th anniversary of civil rights marches

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Glenn Beck Explains Why ‘Selma’ Was Actually Snubbed At The Oscars.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. Martin Luther King Jr.’s protest marches — myself among them — came in off the street one evening and gathered in front of a hotel TV to watch a speech by President Lyndon Johnson. “We shall overcome,” Johnson said unexpectedly.

On March 21, 1965, a five-day march, led by King (under court protection) took place with crowds growing to 25,000 – an event that directly impacted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Both candidates and former President Clinton marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where white police officers beat civil rights protesters in 1965. On Friday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama hosted the cast and crew of the newly released film “Selma” for a screening at the White House. The memory of that long-ago evening in Selma, an interruption in our coverage of the marches that King’s people led daily from the Brown Chapel, was stirred by the controversy over the new movie, “Selma,” which suggests that Johnson had to be dragged into support of voting rights.

And the last thing that progressives want is for their great hero of the 1960s, LBJ, to be remembered that way.” “That’s why that wasn’t nominated,” he continued, adding that the film’s Best Picture nomination alone is already “killing” progressives. “It had nothing to do with race. The motion picture academy did not nominate the black director and the black lead actor, handing the film just two nominations overall and sparking the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. But on the streets of Selma, it was clear that the significant battle was not between King and Johnson, but between King’s buttoned-down grownups in their white shirts and suit jackets and the gutsy, anti-establishment youngsters from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

SNCC had been in Selma for months without much success, and it resented the way that King’s arrival had moved in on their protest — and the world suddenly paid attention. King aide Andrew Young — who in a less segregated world probably would have been the CEO of a Fortune 500 company — complained when establishment types poured into Selma after Bloody Sunday and echoed the SNCC charge that the King people weren’t militant enough. The piece blasted DuVernay for her negative portrayal of Johnson and called for the film to be “ruled out” during the award season. “Bottom line is folks should interrogate history,” DuVernay wrote on Twitter at the time. “Don’t take my word for it or LBJ rep’s word for it.

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