As January 2015 quickly comes to an end, I thought it would be appropriate to recap on one of this month’s blockbusters- Selma. The film (which stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and features Oprah Winfrey as civil rights activist, Annie Lee Cooper) premiered at the beginning of the month. It got mixed reviews, mostly because of the way in which President Lyndon Johnson was represented in the movie, but I felt it was an excellent portrayal of the events that happened in Selma in 1965. Oyelowo does an unbelievably amazing job of playing Dr. King, as does Ejogo with the role of Coretta. As for the critiques of President Johnson, I truly did not see anything wrong with it. The audience gets to see a very human side of both Dr. King and President Johnson. Not every thing Dr. King does in the film is perfect, and the same can be said about President Johnson. The 1960s were a very different time from the 2010s, but one thing that has not changed over time is politics. And the situation that plays out between Dr. King and President Johnson simply shows the political side of the movement. It was a different experience to see the more political side of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the movie was amazing. I strongly recommend this film to everyone.
This movie also made me think about the strides Chicanos made in the civil rights movement and in the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. Hector Perez Garcia was a hero of the civil rights movement who is often forgotten. Dr. Garcia was a veteran of the US Army, founder of the American G.I. Forum (which helped veterans to get the benefits that were rightfully theirs) and a vital part of the Voting Rights Act, signed by President Johnson in 1965. After watching Selma, I was inspired. I look forward to the day that a similar movie can be made about Dr. Hector P. Garcia and all that he accomplished for the American people. His legacy lives on, just as Dr. King’s does and I hope that someday soon, Dr. Garcia’s story will grace the silver screen too. It is not only important for Latino Americans, it is important for all Americans. Watch Selma and be on the lookout for a Dr. Garcia film!
And so, my first post is complete. THANK YOU for reading! Check back next week for a new report.