In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Daniels
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Sheyann Webb (as Jurnee Smollett)
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Betty Webb
Yolanda King ...
Miss Bright
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John Webb
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Sheriff Pots
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Laura-Shay Griffin ...
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Father Whitaker
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Willie (as Faruq Jenkins)
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Rachel West
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In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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This movie is based on the memoir "Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days" by Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson, as told to Frank Sikora, first published in 1980. See more »

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The real-life Amelia Boynton is referred to as "Mrs. Blythe" in the movie. Amelia Boynton sued Disney for defamation over her portrayal in the movie. See more »

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Jonathan Daniels: By not trying to stop it, you become part of it.
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Greatly affecting, if not brilliant
1 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Charles Burnett's "Killer of Sheep" is a true masterpiece--an unsentimental look at ghetto life, rich in detail, marvelously flirting with an unexpected and regarding nonnarrative structure. "Selma, Lord, Selma" doesn't offer the same joys--it too obviously is a television project, with clearly identifiable "good guys" and "bad guys" and a strong sentimental thrust. Burnett seems to have been forced into removing the subtleties of the historical events he portrays by the limits of working with Disney. In the end, this movie is greatly affecting--it is hard to watch it with dry eyes--but it is not likely to make someone who isn't ignorant of the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. to think about the events in a new light.


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