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the legacy of Selma March And Lo Schiavo

Don ONlineDon Santina is an alumni, B.A., Political Science, 1964.

On Sunday, March 7, 1965, Americans turned on the TV news and were stunned to see Alabama police in Selma, brutalizing peaceful black marchers who were demanding the right to vote.  Coincidentally, KGO had scheduled a showing later that night of “Judgment at Nuremberg,” an Academy Award winning film which featured old newsreel footage of Nazi police behaving much like their colleagues in Alabama.  Bloody Sunday shattered many illusions about the myth of American exceptionalism as our Disney-fied image of democracy and equality disappeared in the tear gas and bullwhips of Selma. This wasn’t new, but television made it real for the people who weren’t there. Continue reading the legacy of Selma March And Lo Schiavo

Selma: A Fresh Take on Civil Rights Education

Eli MacDonald
Staff Writer

A handful of USF students gathered at the Intercultural Center on Thursday to discuss Selma, a historical drama depicting the 1965 marches for voting rights in Alabama. Due the movie’s focus on themes of activism and equality, the Intercultural Center held the event to open a broader dialogue about equality in the media. As each person around the circle introduced themselves, the majority reported having a strong emotional response after watching the film. Femi Da-Silva, a junior at USF, explained, “My grandma was at Selma, and she had this long scar all down her back from where they beat her. When I saw this movie I couldn’t help but bawl.” Continue reading Selma: A Fresh Take on Civil Rights Education