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Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy is often celebrated during the month of February—black history month. Dr. King wasn't the only mover and shaker of the Civil Rights Movement, but he remains one of the most legendary for achieving what most considered to be impossible using the most unlikely methods.Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than a preacher. He was an activist, a voice, and a hero for so many people from so many walks of life. While his life was cut short in April of 1968, his legacy lives on. Today more than ever, in the wake of some of the most difficult racial struggles seen in decades, it is important to hear Dr. King's message and see how he was able to move millions from a life of segregation and hatred to being one step closer to progress and unity.

Read on below to learn about Quarter 3's extra credit opportunity.

Due Sunday, Feb. 21st

Watch the movie Selma and write a reflection. You may earn up to 10 extra credit points that will be added to your test/quiz grade. You may 

After watching, write a reflection answering the following questions:

  1. What was the main conflict in the movie? Explain it and how it developed throughout the movie. How was it resolved?

    1. Man vs. Man

    2. Man vs. Self

    3. Man vs. Society/Nature

  2. How did people in power use laws, customs, and procedures to maintain a status quo that favored them? What are some examples of people in power using these tactics today?

  3. Why did students join the movement when so many adults hesitated? 

  4. What parallels exist between events of the early 1960s and events today?

Responses must follow these guidelines:

  • Must be typed in 12-point font
  • Each question must be answered in paragraph form. Restate the question in your own words, and be sure to cite specific examples from the movie.
  • Submit on Google Classroom

About the Movie:

PG-13 (for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language)

Excerpt from Rotten Tomatoes:

"Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history."

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