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Selma, Lord, Selma 

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 »

Director:

Charles Burnett

Writers:

Rachel West Nelson (book), Frank Sikora (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mackenzie Astin ... Jonathan Daniels
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Sheyann Webb (as Jurnee Smollett)
Clifton Powell ... Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ella Joyce ... Betty Webb
Yolanda King Yolanda King ... Miss Bright
Elizabeth Omilami ... Amelia Boynton
Afemo Omilami ... John Webb
Brett Rice ... Sheriff Pots
Tom Nowicki
Margo Moorer ... Alice West
Von Coulter Von Coulter ... Tom West
Laura-Shay Griffin Laura-Shay Griffin ... Sallie Parker
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... Father Whitaker
Faruq Tauheed ... Willie (as Faruq Jenkins)
Stephanie Zandra Peyton Stephanie Zandra Peyton ... Rachel West
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accadde a Selma See more »

Filming Locations:

Griffin, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, Johnathan Daniels first comes to Selma, he meets Father Whitaker. Father Whitaker is an Episcopal priest, as is Johnathan. Yet throughout the movie, Daniels is referred to as "Reverend Daniels," or a pastor or minister.

Some may perceive this to be inaccurate and assert that all Episcopal priests are referred to as "Father," not "Reverend."

However, it is quite common for Episcopal priests to be referred to other than "Father." Some Episcopal priests, being of a more "low-church" persuasion do not wish their parishioners call them "Father". In some cases, e.g. small towns in the South, they are simply called "Preacher." See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Daniels: The only ugliness in this world is man's creation, not God's.
Sheyann Webb: God doesn't put anybody down. Just people do.
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Greatly affecting, if not brilliant
1 May 2000 | by TheMrLeeSee 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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