I saw this film as part of a training seminar for a labor union. I believe the purpose was to show the affect that unions can have to raise people up.
However, as someone born after the civil rights movement I have to say that this movie showed me a side of things I never would have dreamed existed.
I had heard and read of the things that African Americans had to endure, but to see it with my own eyes was heart wrenching. To see a sign designating a drinking fountain as "whites only" was something I could not comprehend.
To see a sanitation worker, who was treated as barely human, ridiculed, beaten, chastised and humbled march with a sign reading simply "I AM A MAN" left me without words.
This movie was humbling, moving, uplifting and depressing all at once. Yet, that was America then. That was the struggle. Having seen this film I have a new respect and understanding of what the people of the time endured.
This film should be required viewing in all schools.
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