First Thursday Films: “Selma” – 2/1

7pm Thursday, February 1

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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.

Each First Thursday Films screening at the Capri is followed by a passionate discussion of the movie.

Mahmoud El-Kati

For Selma we welcome Mahmoud El-Kati. El-Kati is Professor Emeritus of History at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Politically Considered: 50th Commemoration of the Supreme Court Decision of 1954; The Hiptionary: A Survey of African American Speech Patterns with Critical Commentary and A Digest of Key Words and Phrases; Haiti: The Hidden Truth; The Myth of Race/The Reality of Racism: Critical Essays; and to be released Towards an African Education, a series of essays by local Minnesotans about the education of African American people and children.