Selma Review — An Organizer’s Movie

In our Selma review, we discuss this movie from the perspective of those who organize for social change. We also examine the movie’s relationship with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and other organizing in Jim Crow Alabama. And we take on some historical inaccuracies (but not the ones white liberals have been complaining about), like the fact that SNCC’s James Forman was actually older than Dr. King, and that Diane Nash isn’t depicted as a member of SNCC. We offer context to SNCC’s base-building in Selma, the armed self-defense of Black people in neighboring Lowndes County, and Johnson’s less-than-reputable “legacy.” Most of all, we look at Selma as a dynamic narrative about often complementary strategies to achieve victories for popular struggles.

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  1. Thank you Alexis and Chepe so much for this podcast. I didn’t even realize it until I heard about you on the Majority Report on Friday but, wow, what a giant gaping hole there was in the movie review genre. But now you two have filled it and thank god.
    A very interesting and well informed review. I’ve only listened to Selma so far but will surely listen to each one you’ve done as well as be a huge fan boy from now on.

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