Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On March 7, 1965, police used brutal force to attack civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. While Ava DuVernay’s timely blockbuster, Selma, has recently shed overdue light onto the incidence, there were predecessors who attempted to do the same. One such film is the ABC made-for-TV movie Selma, Lord, Selma. While the two films cover the same basic topic, their approaches are differ wildly. The former is grand, thunderous, and overarching while the latter is more intimate. This difference in scope is likely due to the fact that Selma, Lord, Selma is told from the perspective of an 11 year old girl, Sheyann Webb.
Upon hearing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. give a speech at her church, Sheyann feels compelled to join the movement and, by extension, the fateful march which crossed the aforementioned Edmund Pettus Bridge. The film chronicles her inspiration and youthful verve, and the parental anxiety which comes along with it. Here’s a clip to pique your interest:
Selma, Lord, Selma–Bloody Sunday Scene
With that in mind, come to the fourth floor of Max Chambers Library and check out this 1999 film. Make your own comparisons and let us know your verdict in the comment section.