Movies for Lent – The Civil Rights Movement, The Nation, The Church
St. Barnabas, 1280 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80206
Tuesday Evenings – March 21 and April 4
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Join us on these dates for two documentaries that shine a light on the history of race relations in our nation in the 20th century and provide perspective on these issues as they are manifesting in the 21st century. Discussion will follow the film showings. Race relations in the U.S. have often been violent and have aroused fierce responses on all sides. Rarely does honest critique resonate across divides of race in the same way for everyone. Documentaries offer a glimpse into truths which are often hard to see from the outside or in the heat of the moment, allowing an opportunity to better comprehend the experiences of others that may be light-years from our own.
Tuesday, March 21st – Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot is the true story of heroes in the fight for voting rights—the courageous students and teachers of Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite intimidation, arrests and violence. As one marcher put it: “There was never a time when we were without fear. We may get seriously hurt, we may get killed.” By organizing and, in 1965, marching bravely from Selma to Montgomery these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era and forced President Johnson to push through passage of the historic Voting Rights Act in response.
Produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, this 40-minute film, narrated by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, is a crucial reminder of Dr. Margaret Mead’s assertion: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” (40 minutes)